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House of the Year Cover Feature for House and Garden Magazine Windward House

“It is not so surprising that you end up with the best house when you work with the best architect,” opened client David Clifford in House and Garden’s commendatory article.

“It is not so surprising that you end up with the best house when you work with the best architect,” opened client David Clifford in House and Garden’s commendatory article.

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Biennale Meets ROMA

Fri, 06/3/22
ROMA KG Campus Burgau, Germany
ROMA KG Campus Burgau, Germany

The ‘Home Ground’ installation will be exhibited at the ROMA KG campus in Burgau, Germany until November.

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The ‘Home Ground’ installation will be exhibited at the ROMA KG campus in Burgau, Germany until November.

We are glad to be featured in this exhibition alongside models by Peter Pichler Architecture, Michael Maltzan Architecture, Storia Na Lugar, LOVE Architecture, Kozo Kadowaki, Enlace Arquitectura, Daniel López-Pérez, and Reiser + Umemoto.

Fri, 06.3.22
ROMA KG Campus Burgau, Germany
ROMA KG Campus Burgau, Germany
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Where
ROMA KG Campus Burgau, Germany
Website
roma-campus.de
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Planning Permission Granted for International Quarter London IQL Park Place

A unanimous decision was cast in favour of the 350-unit new development, adding to one of London’s newest neighbourhoods.

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A unanimous decision was cast in favour of the 350-unit new development, adding to one of London’s newest neighbourhoods.

The organic, sculpted tower geometry with stepped ‘park ledges’ allows greenery to climb the towers in a spiraling movement. The two towers’ distinctive, faceted forms capture and reflect light dynamically throughout the day and are softened by swept cornices that emphasize each park ledge as the forms rise toward the sky.

Supporting a new mixed use neighbourhood culture, our scheme’s ground floor incorporates retail and services spaces, a community project space and a ‘super-lobby’ that expands into a co-working space.

Sustainability is at the heart of this project; our towers’ bespoke blue-glazed, undulating terra-cotta cladding is not only evocative of the character and craftsmanship found in early 20th century towers, but is thermally stable, reduces heat gain and is fully recyclable.

Alison Brooks commented, ‘This project has been a rare opportunity to rethink the nature of residential towers in London, how they can contribute to life of the street and how they can act as neighbourhood catalysts.’

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Cohen Quadrangle Wins RIBA South Building of the Year Exeter College Cohen Quad Fitzhugh Auditorium

We are honored to announce that the Cohen Quadrangle for Exeter College Oxford has been awarded RIBA South Building of the Year from a very strong list of 2022 RIBA South Award winners.

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We are honored to announce that the Cohen Quadrangle for Exeter College Oxford has been awarded RIBA South Building of the Year from a very strong list of 2022 RIBA South Award winners.

The RIBA commented that, ‘(the) Cohen Quadrangle is an S-shaped building that succeeds in accommodating a very complex brief on a constrained site in a conservation context, and it does so with ambition and vigour.’

We congratulate our Client, Exeter College, and everyone involved in the making of this exceptional building. Conceived as a place of gathering, the scholarly home will serve the College’s undergraduate, graduate and teaching communities for generations.

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Positions Available

We are looking to expand our London office with highly skilled architects from diverse backgrounds.

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We are looking to expand our London office with highly skilled architects from diverse backgrounds.

Contact us if you are an experienced and talented architect with Revit skills for projects in Stage 3 and Stage 4, or if you are a graduate/assistant architect with advanced 3D rendering skills hoping to strengthen our cultural building and high-rise design groups.

careers@alisonbrooksarchitects.com

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Alison Brooks Closing Keynote Speaker at Banffsessions

Fri, 05/6/22
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Alberta, Canada
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Alberta, Canada

Alison Brooks will be the closing keynote speaker at the Alberta Association of Architects’ BanffSessions conference.

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Alison Brooks will be the closing keynote speaker at the Alberta Association of Architects’ BanffSessions conference.

The theme of the conference is ‘ADAPTATIONS’. Brooks’ presentation will focus on context, authenticity, generosity, civicness and beauty.

Visit the conference homepage here.

 

 

 

Fri, 05.6.22
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Alberta, Canada
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Alberta, Canada
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Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Alberta, Canada
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Alison Brooks Architects shortlisted for LSE’s new Global Hub

Alison Brooks Architects, with Studio Contra based in Nigeria, have been shortlisted from over 100 international expressions of interest to design the final ‘set piece’ academic building for the London School of Economics.

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Alison Brooks Architects, with Studio Contra based in Nigeria, have been shortlisted from over 100 international expressions of interest to design the final ‘set piece’ academic building for the London School of Economics.

The new 12,540 square-metre academic building will house the Firoz Lalji Global Hub and will feature various mixed-use spaces.

Cindy Walters, who is acting as RIBA architect adviser the the LSE, said: ‘The shortlist is a rich and balanced mix of extraordinary talent, who have all placed environmental sustainability front and centre of their aspirations for the project. the selection process has been rigorous and inclusive and reflects the ambition of the exceptional client that the LSE has become.’

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Part l Architectural Assistant

Alison Brooks Architects are internationally recognised for producing high-quality architecture that inventively responds to the context and culture of each project. Our architects provide a bespoke service to each client, working collaboratively with world-class expert consultants to provide a fully integrated design service, and as such candidates must possess, at a minimum the below experience, skills and technical expertise:

Minimum requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from RIBA accredited school of architecture
  • previous experience in an architectural studio an advantage
  • proficient 2D, 3D design and visualisation skills
  • excellent design skills
  • Revit & Rhino skills are an advantage
  • highly proficient in InDesign and Photoshop
  • excellent verbal and written communication
  • excellent coordination and organisational skills

The candidate will be based at our Highgate studio but may be required to travel and be based on site as and when necessary. Candidates must be eligible to work in the UK.

Please send a cover letter, CV and representative examples of your work as a PDF (7mb max) to careers@alisonbrooksarchitects.com. 

Alison Brooks Architects is an equal opportunities employer and treats all job applicants equally, irrespective of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, beliefs or religion.

Alison Brooks Architects are internationally recognised for producing high-quality architecture that inventively responds to the context and culture of each project. Our architects provide a bespoke service to each client, working collaboratively with world-class expert consultants to provide a fully integrated design service, and as such candidates must possess, at a minimum the below experience, skills and technical expertise:

Minimum requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from RIBA accredited school of architecture
  • previous experience in an architectural studio an advantage
  • proficient 2D, 3D design and visualisation skills
  • excellent design skills
  • Revit & Rhino skills are an advantage
  • highly proficient in InDesign and Photoshop
  • excellent verbal and written communication
  • excellent coordination and organisational skills

The candidate will be based at our Highgate studio but may be required to travel and be based on site as and when necessary. Candidates must be eligible to work in the UK.

Please send a cover letter, CV and representative examples of your work as a PDF (7mb max) to careers@alisonbrooksarchitects.com. 

Alison Brooks Architects is an equal opportunities employer and treats all job applicants equally, irrespective of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, beliefs or religion.

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Part ll Architectural Assistant

Alison Brooks Architects are recruiting for an architectural assistant with a minimum of two years post RIBA Part-II to join its London team. Successful candidates will join an experienced team to produce RIBA Stage 4 Construction Documentation and deliver a large and exciting, new-build residential scheme and at North West Cambridge. We’re searching for candidates with the ability to take on high levels of ownership and responsibility, to work as a team and be self-motivated.

Alison Brooks Architects are internationally recognised for producing high-quality architecture that inventively responds to the context and culture of each project. Our architects provide a bespoke service to each client, working collaboratively with world-class expert consultants to provide a fully integrated design service, and as such candidates must possess, at a minimum the below experience, skills and technical expertise:

Experience and knowledge

  • a minimum of two years post RIBA Part-II experience in the UK
  • experience working in teams using REVIT to produce Construction Documents
  • experience in Technical Design, detailing and documentation
  • experience on multi-residential/mixed-use projects desirable
  • thorough knowledge of UK building regulations and planning procedures

Technical skills

  • Competent Revit user
  • highly proficient 3D design and visualisation skills: Rhino and Vray experience a plus
  • excellent design skills
  • highly proficient InDesign & Photoshop
  • excellent coordination and organisational skills
  • excellent verbal and written communication

The candidate will be based at our Highgate studio but may be required to travel and be based on site as and when necessary. Candidates must be eligible to work in the UK.

Please send a cover letter, CV and representative examples of your work as a PDF (7mb max) to careers@alisonbrooksarchitects.com. 

Alison Brooks Architects is an equal opportunities employer and treats all job applicants equally, irrespective of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, beliefs or religion.

Alison Brooks Architects are recruiting for an architectural assistant with a minimum of two years post RIBA Part-II to join its London team. Successful candidates will join an experienced team to produce RIBA Stage 4 Construction Documentation and deliver a large and exciting, new-build residential scheme and at North West Cambridge. We’re searching for candidates with the ability to take on high levels of ownership and responsibility, to work as a team and be self-motivated.

Alison Brooks Architects are internationally recognised for producing high-quality architecture that inventively responds to the context and culture of each project. Our architects provide a bespoke service to each client, working collaboratively with world-class expert consultants to provide a fully integrated design service, and as such candidates must possess, at a minimum the below experience, skills and technical expertise:

Experience and knowledge

  • a minimum of two years post RIBA Part-II experience in the UK
  • experience working in teams using REVIT to produce Construction Documents
  • experience in Technical Design, detailing and documentation
  • experience on multi-residential/mixed-use projects desirable
  • thorough knowledge of UK building regulations and planning procedures

Technical skills

  • Competent Revit user
  • highly proficient 3D design and visualisation skills: Rhino and Vray experience a plus
  • excellent design skills
  • highly proficient InDesign & Photoshop
  • excellent coordination and organisational skills
  • excellent verbal and written communication

The candidate will be based at our Highgate studio but may be required to travel and be based on site as and when necessary. Candidates must be eligible to work in the UK.

Please send a cover letter, CV and representative examples of your work as a PDF (7mb max) to careers@alisonbrooksarchitects.com. 

Alison Brooks Architects is an equal opportunities employer and treats all job applicants equally, irrespective of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, beliefs or religion.

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‘ReCasting’ opens at the 2018 Venice Biennale ReCasting

Sat, 05/26/18 , 10:00
Arsenale, Venice
Arsenale, Venice (map)

Alison Brooks Architects have been invited by the 16th International Architecture Exhibition curators Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects to respond to this year’s theme of ‘Freespace’ by addressing the subject of housing and urban dwelling.

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Alison Brooks Architects have been invited by the 16th International Architecture Exhibition curators Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Grafton Architects to respond to this year’s theme of ‘Freespace’ by addressing the subject of housing and urban dwelling.

We have created a large-scale, site specific installation that simulates the critical freespaces of their work in housing as four inhabitable ‘totems’: Threshold, Inhabited Edge, Passage, and Roofspace. The totems invite exploration, emerging from a unifying plinth to frame an amphitheatre and collective gathering space. Each totem offers a particular spatial, emotional and sensory experience, harnessing the Corderie’s specific qualities of light and volume. It has been this practice’s mission to reveal  housing architecture’s civic role and its potential for meaningful, subjective experience.

ReCasting will be on public display in the Corderie, Arsenale at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale from Saturday 26 May until 25 November 2018.

Sat, 05.26.18 , 10:00
Arsenale, Venice
Arsenale, Venice
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Where
Arsenale, Venice (map)
Website
www.labiennale.org
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More information
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Alison Brooks to speak in Toronto at Architect@Work

Thu, 04/12/18 , 15:00
Enercare Centre
Enercare Centre (map)

Alison Brooks will speak at Architect@Work, an international convention being held for the second year in Toronto this April.

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Alison Brooks will speak at Architect@Work, an international convention being held for the second year in Toronto this April.

Alison Brooks will speak about her practice, the resurgence of building as craft, housing as civic advocacy, and the rise of timber in architecture.

Tickets are free – register on the Architect@Work website.

Thu, 04.12.18 , 15:00
Enercare Centre
Enercare Centre
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Where
Enercare Centre (map)
Website
www.architectatwork.ca
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Bath Western Riverside wins Civic Voice Award Albert Crescent

The judges said: “This is a stunning housing development which provides an interesting contemporary take on a proud local identity.”

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The judges said: “This is a stunning housing development which provides an interesting contemporary take on a proud local identity.”

“It is good to see something new and intelligent in the housing sector, particularly within a World Heritage Site, and demonstrates to other developers that high quality housing can be achieved and you can be bold in a historic setting.”

Catalogue of winners

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Civic Voice
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Alison Brooks Architects celebrates 21 years! ABA 21

We were delighted to have so many of our friends, clients and colleagues join our 21 year celebration at Somerset House.

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We were delighted to have so many of our friends, clients and colleagues join our 21 year celebration at Somerset House.


The event included a public talk and exhibition of Alison Brooks Architects’ work over 21 years of practice. Mixing digital media with physical artefacts, we brought together over 100 models, 3000 images and key texts in a 50 minute looped video installation.

We also launched a limited edition catalogue ‘Ideals, then Ideas’ to accompany the celebration. This book describes our work within the conceptual themes and four ideals that have underpinned our work in architecture: Authenticity, Generosity, Civicness and Beauty.

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Sadiq Khan appoints Alison Brooks as a design advocate for London

London mayor Sadiq Khan has appointed 50 architects and designers, including Alison Brooks, to work with local councils to improve the quality of the built environment across the capital.

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London mayor Sadiq Khan has appointed 50 architects and designers, including Alison Brooks, to work with local councils to improve the quality of the built environment across the capital.

Khan announced the appointments as part of the Good Growth by Design programme during a speech at London School of Economics last night.

Press: Dezeen, Architects’ Journal

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World Building of the Year 2017 shortlist announced The Smile

The Smile has been shortlisted for two awards at this year’s World Architecture Festival, in addition to the overall prize.[more..]

The Smile has been shortlisted for two awards at this year’s World Architecture Festival, in addition to the overall prize.

The structure features in the Small Projects and Display categories. Winners will be announced during the festival, which takes place at Arena Berlin from 15-17 November 2017.

Alison Brooks will also be speaking with Jacob Kurek of Henning Larsen Architects on performance spaces. She will discuss performance embedded in the nature of housing and the many roles it plays: as urban form; as a backdrop for public streetscapes; as a sign of neighbourhood identity and a stage for domestic life.

Dezeen article

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The Guardian’s best architecture of 2016 Ely Court

Rowan Moore of The Guardian chose our Ely Court project in Kilburn to represent the best of architecture of 2016.

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Rowan Moore of The Guardian chose our Ely Court project in Kilburn to represent the best of architecture of 2016.

 “The best news in the not-entirely-cheerful year of 2016, architecturally speaking, is that the finest new housing is being built by local authorities. Projects such as Alison Brooks’s Ely Court for the London borough of Brent, or similar works in the boroughs of Camden, Hackney and elsewhere, are showing that council homes do not have be the grim monoliths of legend. They are well considered and humanly scaled, with hospitable shared spaces, balconies you might actually want to sit on and other small but significant details. As central government is showing glimmers of realisation that volume housebuilders cannot meet the country’s needs alone, developments like these are part of the answer.

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The Guardian
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Alison Brooks on RIAI Gold Medal jury

Alison Brooks will be on next year’s Gold Medal jury for The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland. This is the premier award for architecture in Ireland, which is awarded for a building completed within a defined three year period.

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Alison Brooks will be on next year’s Gold Medal jury for The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland. This is the premier award for architecture in Ireland, which is awarded for a building completed within a defined three year period.

Brooks will serve alongside Louise Cotter, Michael McGarry (Chair), Michael Pike, Roisin Heneghan, Seán O’Laoire, Simon Wall and Tom Maher.

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Women In Architecture Campaign

Alison Brooks Architects are proud partners of the Women In Architecture Campaign.
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Alison Brooks Architects are proud partners of the Women In Architecture Campaign.

Alison Brooks said: ‘The programme celebrates the achievements of women in the profession while reminding us that we can all change the status quo’. Alison won the AJ Women Architect of the Year Award in 2013, when the Women In Architecture Campaign was in its second year.

The 2017 award winners were announced on March 3rd at a ceremony and luncheon held at Claridge’s in London, read all about it here.

 

Source
Architectural Review
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New Zealand Institute of Architects Conference 2017 Exeter College Cohen Quad The Smile Ely Court

Thu, 02/9/17
ANZ Viaduct Events Centre, Auckland
ANZ Viaduct Events Centre, Auckland (map)

Alison Brooks will speak at the national conference of the New Zealand Institute of Architects 2017. It runs from 9–11 February 2017 in Auckland.

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Alison Brooks will speak at the national conference of the New Zealand Institute of Architects 2017. It runs from 9–11 February 2017 in Auckland.

Other speakers include David Adjaye, Mauricio Pezo & Sofia von Ellrichshausen, Benedetta Tagliabue, Ian McDougall, Barbara Bestor, Todd Saunders, Hua Li, John Wardle and Christopher Hawthorne. Alison will speak on Thursday 9th February at 10.45am (GMT+13) and will host an informal breakfast at 8am (GMT+13) on Friday 10th February.

The theme, in:situ, is about architecture and the contexts in which it occurs – physical and intellectual, geographical and typological, social and historical. It has a wide focus on the forces and circumstances that influence architects’ work and their careers. The conference speakers traverse much of the contemporary architectural terrain. They work on a wide range of projects of varying scales in very different places, and have built diverse and accomplished careers. In doing so they have responded to the changing nature of practice and proved the continuing relevance and importance of the role of the architect. Alison will speak about ABA projects Ely Court, The Smile and Exeter College Cohen Quad, University of Oxford.

The event has sold out, but you can follow and join in the conversation on social media using the hashtag #insitu2017.

Thu, 02.9.17
ANZ Viaduct Events Centre, Auckland
ANZ Viaduct Events Centre, Auckland
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Where
ANZ Viaduct Events Centre, Auckland (map)
Website
www.insitu.nzia.co.nz
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Disegno x Moooi: The Future of Public Spaces

Wed, 11/23/16 , 18:30
Moooi London
Moooi London (map)

Alison Brooks was in conversation with Ab Rogers and Jon Harrison on the role of architects and designers in shaping indoor public spaces. A panel talk hosted at Moooi London.

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Alison Brooks was in conversation with Ab Rogers and Jon Harrison on the role of architects and designers in shaping indoor public spaces. A panel talk hosted at Moooi London.

 

Wed, 11.23.16 , 18:30
Moooi London
Moooi London
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Where
Moooi London (map)
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‘Making New Places’ roundtable in Oxford Mosaics

Thu, 11/24/16 , 12:30
Oxford Town Hall
Oxford Town Hall (map)

Alison Brooks discussed our Barton Park project at a roundtable themed ‘Making New Places’ at Oxford Town Hall.

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Alison Brooks discussed our Barton Park project at a roundtable themed ‘Making New Places’ at Oxford Town Hall.

This event focussed on the high level of detail, planning, legislative constraints, placing a special spotlight on the process from inception through to design of the Barton Park development in Oxford. Topics included identifying the key initiatives and challenges, the planning framework for growth, setting design principles, the architects perspective and the community feeling to look at key learnings and what makes good design.

Speaker panel:

  • Alison Brooks, Creative Director, ABA
  • Glynn Mutton – Development Manager, Hill Developers
  • Alexis Butterfield – Associate Partner, Pollard Thomas Edwards
  • David Edwards – Executive Director, Oxford City Council
  • Clare Harrison – Senior Programme Manager, Grosvenor
  • Paul Comeford – Director, Aecom
  • Dr Riette Oosthuizen – Partner, HTA Design LLP
  • Jon Rowland – Chair, BOB-MK Urban Design Network
Thu, 11.24.16 , 12:30
Oxford Town Hall
Oxford Town Hall
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Where
Oxford Town Hall (map)
Website
bobmk.org.uk
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Architizer

Alison Brooks was featured as one of the ’26 Women Who Changed Architecture’ in this Architizer article.

“A London-based architect with a sculptor’s approach to shape and proportion, Alison Brooks is one of Britain’s most original architects. In 2013, she received the AJ Woman Architect of the Year Award. One of the judges, Paul Monaghan, applauded the panel’s choice, explaining that “her mixture of sculpture, architecture and detail is what has made her such a powerful force in British architecture.””

Alison Brooks was featured as one of the ’26 Women Who Changed Architecture’ in this Architizer article.

“A London-based architect with a sculptor’s approach to shape and proportion, Alison Brooks is one of Britain’s most original architects. In 2013, she received the AJ Woman Architect of the Year Award. One of the judges, Paul Monaghan, applauded the panel’s choice, explaining that “her mixture of sculpture, architecture and detail is what has made her such a powerful force in British architecture.””

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Architizer
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Best House Design at British Homes Awards Albert Crescent

Alison Brooks Architects has won the Best House Design category at the Sunday Times British Homes Awards. The award was given for ABA’s Bath Western Riverside scheme with developer Crest Nicholson.

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Alison Brooks Architects has won the Best House Design category at the Sunday Times British Homes Awards. The award was given for ABA’s Bath Western Riverside scheme with developer Crest Nicholson.

This mixed use scheme, located on the banks of the River Avon in Bath, is conceived as three ‘variations’ on the Bath Crescent housing typology, consisting of fourteen large family houses, six mews houses, six apartments, and a cafe. A Semi-detached villa crescent, a terraced crescent and a mews crescent are arranged as sculptural stone objects on an elevated riverside plinth.

Photography: Paul Riddle

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British Homes Awards
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Cohen Quad’s shimmering roof emerges Exeter College Cohen Quad

Scaffolding is being taken down, revealing the shimmering curved steel roof at ABA’s new 6000 m² Cohen Quad, which will expand Exeter College’s 700 year old campus in the heart of Oxford.

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Scaffolding is being taken down, revealing the shimmering curved steel roof at ABA’s new 6000 m² Cohen Quad, which will expand Exeter College’s 700 year old campus in the heart of Oxford.

The new quad will house undergraduate and graduate living accommodation for 100 students, a lecture hall, seminar rooms, social learning spaces, archive, café, roof terraces, offices and fellows’ accommodation.

Student rooms and fellows studies are enclosed by patterned stainless steel that folds across wall and roof surfaces, sitting on a stone clad ‘base’ that houses the quads’ public spaces.

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RIBA and Cornwall Architectural Trust Lecture

Fri, 11/11/16
Falmouth Maritime Museum
Falmouth Maritime Museum (map)

Alison Brooks delivered the 2016 RIBA and Cornwall Architectural Trust Lecture on 11th November at Falmouth Maritime Museum.

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Alison Brooks delivered the 2016 RIBA and Cornwall Architectural Trust Lecture on 11th November at Falmouth Maritime Museum.

Fri, 11.11.16
Falmouth Maritime Museum
Falmouth Maritime Museum
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Where
Falmouth Maritime Museum (map)
Website
cornwallarchitecturaltrust.org
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The Smile The Smile

‘The Smile’ was open from 10am – 9pm, 17 September until 12 October 2016, at the Chelsea College of Art Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground.

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‘The Smile’ was open from 10am – 9pm, 17 September until 12 October 2016, at the Chelsea College of Art Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground.

Alison Brooks Architects has collaborated with The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), Arup and the London Design Festival to present this cross-laminated tulipwood structure.

The Smile is one of the Festival’s Landmark Projects, which can be inhabited and explored by the public. The spectacular, curved, tubular timber structure measures 3.5m high, 4.5m wide and 34m long and is effectively a beam curving up at both ends. Showcasing the structural and spatial potential of cross-laminated American tulipwood, Alison Brooks’ concept is the first ever ‘mega-tube’ made with construction-sized panels of hardwood CLT.

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Detail The Smile

According to the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) is “The Smile”, the first construction project ever in the industrially manufactured hardwood CLT is used. The Arup engineers praise the material to be particularly efficient: A mere 60 cubic meters of wood were necessary to provide a constructed area of 150 square meters.”

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According to the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) is “The Smile”, the first construction project ever in the industrially manufactured hardwood CLT is used. The Arup engineers praise the material to be particularly efficient: A mere 60 cubic meters of wood were necessary to provide a constructed area of 150 square meters.”

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Detail
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Blueprint The Smile

“From Alex Chinneck’s upturned electricity pylon in Greenwich to dRMM’s Endless Stair outside Tate Modern, London Design Festival’s Landmark Projects invite architects and designers to create extraordinary installations and objects that engage with the public and push materials to their limits. This year sees Alison Brooks create a gravity-defying cross-laminated timber structure at the Chelsea College of Arts.

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“From Alex Chinneck’s upturned electricity pylon in Greenwich to dRMM’s Endless Stair outside Tate Modern, London Design Festival’s Landmark Projects invite architects and designers to create extraordinary installations and objects that engage with the public and push materials to their limits. This year sees Alison Brooks create a gravity-defying cross-laminated timber structure at the Chelsea College of Arts.

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Alison Brooks interview on BBC World Service The Smile

Alison Brooks spoke about The Smile to Vincent Dowd, Arts Correspondent of the BBC World Service on World Update at 10:06am on Friday 23.09.16.

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Alison Brooks spoke about The Smile to Vincent Dowd, Arts Correspondent of the BBC World Service on World Update at 10:06am on Friday 23.09.16.

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BBC World Update
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CNC The Smile

Chinese news channel CNC featured an interview of the Smile, accompanied by an interview with Alison Brooks.

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Chinese news channel CNC featured an interview of the Smile, accompanied by an interview with Alison Brooks.

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CNC
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Architects’ Journal The Smile

“Dubbed ’the most complex CLT structure ever built’, Alison Brooks and Arup present a 34m-long ’smile’ made of Tulipwood in the parade ground of Chelsea College, behind Tate Britain. ’It looks like high-quality flooring,’ says Brooks, ’too good to be structural — and that’s kind of amazing.’”

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“Dubbed ’the most complex CLT structure ever built’, Alison Brooks and Arup present a 34m-long ’smile’ made of Tulipwood in the parade ground of Chelsea College, behind Tate Britain. ’It looks like high-quality flooring,’ says Brooks, ’too good to be structural — and that’s kind of amazing.’”

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Architects' Journal
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OnOffice The Smile

“The Smile installation by Alison Brooks Architects and Arup is more than just an appealing structure – it’s producing data on hardwood use.”

“The Smile installation by Alison Brooks Architects and Arup is more than just an appealing structure – it’s producing data on hardwood use.”

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Londonist The Smile

“In the square outside Chelsea College of Arts, and across the road from Tate Modern, is a giant wooden ‘smile’ by Alison Brooks’ Architects. Visitors can walk inside and up the curved sides. The design is beautiful in its simplicity and the way natural light flows in. Exploring it definitely made us smile.”

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“In the square outside Chelsea College of Arts, and across the road from Tate Modern, is a giant wooden ‘smile’ by Alison Brooks’ Architects. Visitors can walk inside and up the curved sides. The design is beautiful in its simplicity and the way natural light flows in. Exploring it definitely made us smile.”

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Londonist
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Time Out The Smile

“This mighty hardwood structure is one of the landmark installations for this year’s London Design Festival. It’s been created by architect Alison Brooks, and despite the giant, curved structure looking like it should start rocking at any minute, the piece is designed to be entirely motionless. Visitors can step inside the ‘weightless funnel of space’ to discover an interior dappled with sunlight due to the perforations in the wooden walls, before it turns into a lantern like structure at night.”

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“This mighty hardwood structure is one of the landmark installations for this year’s London Design Festival. It’s been created by architect Alison Brooks, and despite the giant, curved structure looking like it should start rocking at any minute, the piece is designed to be entirely motionless. Visitors can step inside the ‘weightless funnel of space’ to discover an interior dappled with sunlight due to the perforations in the wooden walls, before it turns into a lantern like structure at night.”

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Time Out
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Inhabitat The Smile

“Visitors to the London Design Festival can experience an unusual curved building called The Smile. Designed by Alison Brooks of Alison Brooks Architects, the sloping structure demonstrates the potential of CLT, which Brooks says is “stronger than concrete.””

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“Visitors to the London Design Festival can experience an unusual curved building called The Smile. Designed by Alison Brooks of Alison Brooks Architects, the sloping structure demonstrates the potential of CLT, which Brooks says is “stronger than concrete.””

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Inhabitat
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Canadian Architect The Smile

“For AHEC, The Smile is one of the most important developments in a decade of research and development into structural timber innovation with Arup, and one that could broaden the use of CLT in the construction industry. Andrew Lawrence, Associate Director, Arup says, “The Smile is the most challenging structure ever constructed in CLT. Every aspect is pushed to the absolute limit. It really shows the potential for hardwoods in construction.”

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“For AHEC, The Smile is one of the most important developments in a decade of research and development into structural timber innovation with Arup, and one that could broaden the use of CLT in the construction industry. Andrew Lawrence, Associate Director, Arup says, “The Smile is the most challenging structure ever constructed in CLT. Every aspect is pushed to the absolute limit. It really shows the potential for hardwoods in construction.”

This creation of a brand-new product and a new use of hardwood will transform the way architects and engineers approach timber construction.”

Source
Canadian Architect
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CNN The Smile

“The Smile, designed by architect Alison Brooks, is the most complex structure ever to be made out of cross-laminated timber”

“If the 19th century belonged to iron and steel and the 20th century belonged to concrete, could timber be the building material of our age?”

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“The Smile, designed by architect Alison Brooks, is the most complex structure ever to be made out of cross-laminated timber”

“If the 19th century belonged to iron and steel and the 20th century belonged to concrete, could timber be the building material of our age?”

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CNN
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CNN

The Smile featured as the headline image of CNN’s illustrated guide to the London Design Festival 2016.

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The Smile featured as the headline image of CNN’s illustrated guide to the London Design Festival 2016.

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CNN
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Divisare The Smile

Italian website Divisare featured Alison Brooks Architects’ installation, The Smile – a collaboration with The American Hardwood Export Council, Arup and the London Design Festival.

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Italian website Divisare featured Alison Brooks Architects’ installation, The Smile – a collaboration with The American Hardwood Export Council, Arup and the London Design Festival.

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Divisare
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BBC Radio London The Smile

Alison Brooks was interviewed on this BBC Radio London programme about LDF landmark project, The Smile. In the link below, she begins speaking at 02:06:54.

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Alison Brooks was interviewed on this BBC Radio London programme about LDF landmark project, The Smile. In the link below, she begins speaking at 02:06:54.

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BBC Radio London
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The Spaces The Smile

“Before this week, few people truly believed you could use hardwood cross-laminated timber (CLT) to support an entire habitable building – not least the construction business. That’s why ‘The Smile’, on view in the courtyard of the Chelsea College of Art until mid-October, has become a landmark project for the London Design Festival.”

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“Before this week, few people truly believed you could use hardwood cross-laminated timber (CLT) to support an entire habitable building – not least the construction business. That’s why ‘The Smile’, on view in the courtyard of the Chelsea College of Art until mid-October, has become a landmark project for the London Design Festival.”

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The Spaces
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Designboom The Smile

“alison brooks architects’ ‘the smile’ installation is an attractive and interactive landmark monument for the 2016 london design festival. together with the american hardwood export council (AHEC) and arup, the collaboration has resulted in a spectacularly curved, tubular structure made from cross-laminated tulipwood (CLT). on display from the 17th september to 12th october, designboom was present for the preview opening of the festival’s highlight project.”

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“alison brooks architects’ ‘the smile’ installation is an attractive and interactive landmark monument for the 2016 london design festival. together with the american hardwood export council (AHEC) and arup, the collaboration has resulted in a spectacularly curved, tubular structure made from cross-laminated tulipwood (CLT). on display from the 17th september to 12th october, designboom was present for the preview opening of the festival’s highlight project.”

Source
Designboom
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Casabella The Smile

“Architect Alison Brooks’ Landmark Project for the London Design Festival could be described as an unidentified flying object: a 34m long, 3m high upside down arc poised on the urban horizon. Her project is also a spectacular urban pavilion that takes the shape of a Smile.”

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“Architect Alison Brooks’ Landmark Project for the London Design Festival could be described as an unidentified flying object: a 34m long, 3m high upside down arc poised on the urban horizon. Her project is also a spectacular urban pavilion that takes the shape of a Smile.”

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Casabella
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BD The Smile

ABA’s The Smile was profiled in an article entitled ‘Is hardwood the future of timber construction?’

“As Alison Brooks Architects’ gravity-defying installation at the London Design Festival shows off the structural benefits of cross-laminated hardwood, Amanda Birch examines the growing uptake of CLT solutions”

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ABA’s The Smile was profiled in an article entitled ‘Is hardwood the future of timber construction?’

“As Alison Brooks Architects’ gravity-defying installation at the London Design Festival shows off the structural benefits of cross-laminated hardwood, Amanda Birch examines the growing uptake of CLT solutions”

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bdonline
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Dezeen The Smile

“According to Arup engineer Andrew Lawrence… “The Smile is the most complex CLT structure that has ever been built,””

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“According to Arup engineer Andrew Lawrence… “The Smile is the most complex CLT structure that has ever been built,””

“”Not only does it have a double cantilever, but the entrance door is placed right at the centre where the stresses are highest. You’re effectively looking at two 15-metre cantilevers,” he continued. If you turned the structure vertically and added the weight of 60 visitors at one end, it’s equivalent to the core stabilising a five-storey building. Nobody has ever built a core that slender in timber.””

Source
Dezeen
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Elle Decoration The Smile

“At Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, Millbank, you’ll find this extraordinary 36-metre-long ‘megatube’ installation by architect Alison Brooks. Despite only balancing on a single point, the curved structure is safe to stroll along. At night, it will be lit from within, with its glow bright enough to be seen from across the River Thames.”

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“At Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, Millbank, you’ll find this extraordinary 36-metre-long ‘megatube’ installation by architect Alison Brooks. Despite only balancing on a single point, the curved structure is safe to stroll along. At night, it will be lit from within, with its glow bright enough to be seen from across the River Thames.”

Elle Decoration featured The Smile in its highlights of the London Design Festival 2016.

The Smile is a collaboration between Alison Brooks Architects, The American Hardwood Export Council, Arup and the London Design Festival. It is a cross-laminated tulipwood structure that will be on the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground of the Chelsea College of Arts from 17 September until 12 October 2016.

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Masterclass at the V&A The Smile

Thu, 09/22/16 , 15:30
Victoria & Albert Museum
Victoria & Albert Museum (map)

Alison Brooks was in conversation with Andrew Lawrence, Associate Director at Arup and collaborator on The Smile, along with Andy Toohey, Partner at Price & Myers.

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Alison Brooks was in conversation with Andrew Lawrence, Associate Director at Arup and collaborator on The Smile, along with Andy Toohey, Partner at Price & Myers.

They discussed new kinds of urban building that are spatially and structurally inventive, contributing to the art of city-building.

The Global Design Forum is the London Design Festival’s annual programme of talks and discussions exploring the role of design in a sustainable and prosperous future.

Thu, 09.22.16 , 15:30
Victoria & Albert Museum
Victoria & Albert Museum
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Where
Victoria & Albert Museum (map)
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Global Design Forum
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The Smile day 14 The Smile

Day 14 sees The Smile having its roof sealed, in order to keep visitors happy and dry.

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Day 14 sees The Smile having its roof sealed, in order to keep visitors happy and dry.

The Smile is a collaboration between Alison Brooks Architects, The American Hardwood Export Council, Arup and the London Design Festival. It is a cross-laminated tulipwood structure that will be on the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground of the Chelsea College of Arts from 17 September until 12 October 2016.

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Hindustan Times The Smile

“Canadian artist Alison Brooks has designed a huge wooden structure called “The Smile” for London Design Week, located in the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground of the Chelsea College of Arts.

This unusual urban object is, in fact, an arc-shaped 34-meter long and 3-meter high pavilion with open ends that flood the inside with light. Visitors can even take a stroll inside.”

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“Canadian artist Alison Brooks has designed a huge wooden structure called “The Smile” for London Design Week, located in the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground of the Chelsea College of Arts.

This unusual urban object is, in fact, an arc-shaped 34-meter long and 3-meter high pavilion with open ends that flood the inside with light. Visitors can even take a stroll inside.”

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Hindustan Times
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Metro The Smile

The Metro newspaper featured Alison Brooks Architects’ landmark LDF project, the Smile, as their top highlight for the London Design Festival.

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The Metro newspaper featured Alison Brooks Architects’ landmark LDF project, the Smile, as their top highlight for the London Design Festival.

The Smile is a collaboration between Alison Brooks Architects and The American Hardwood Export Council, Arup and the London Design Festival. It is a cross-laminated tulipwood structure that will be on the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground of the Chelsea College of Arts from 17 September until 12 October 2016.

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Design Week The Smile

“A regular favourite is the installation created with the American Hardwood Council. In recent years we’ve seen dRMM Architects’ Escher-inspired Endless Stair and Amanda Levete’s Endless Wave.

“This year, The Smile has been created by architect Alison Brooks. It’s a 34 metre curved wooden structure that you can walk in and around.”

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“A regular favourite is the installation created with the American Hardwood Council. In recent years we’ve seen dRMM Architects’ Escher-inspired Endless Stair and Amanda Levete’s Endless Wave.

“This year, The Smile has been created by architect Alison Brooks. It’s a 34 metre curved wooden structure that you can walk in and around.”

“Its two ends sitting three metres off the ground will offer viewing platforms and a new perspective to see surrounding buildings.”

 

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Design Week
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Architects’ Journal Olympicopolis: Sadler’s Wells & Smithsonian

The proposals for the Olympicopolis produced by Alison Brooks Architects’ team, led by Aecom, were featured in this summary of the competition.

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The proposals for the Olympicopolis produced by Alison Brooks Architects’ team, led by Aecom, were featured in this summary of the competition.

Alison Brooks Architects were on one of six teams shortlisted to design a new cultural quarter at the London 2012 Olympic Park, expected to include new outposts of the V&A and Smithsonian museums. On a team with AECOM, Stanton Williams, AKT II, Asif Khan, Carmody Groarke, Charcoalblue and Haworth Tompkins, ABA designed the Sadler’s Wells and Smithsonian.

Source
Architects' Journal
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Designboom The Smile

“for AHEC, the project is one of the most important developments in a decade of research and development into structural timber innovation. ‘this structure proves that hardwoods have a role to play in the timber construction revolution,’ says david venables, european director of AHEC. ‘the smile is the most challenging structure ever constructed in CLT,’ adds andrew lawrence, associate director at arup. ‘every aspect is pushed to the absolute limit. it really shows the potential for hardwoods in construction.’”

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“for AHEC, the project is one of the most important developments in a decade of research and development into structural timber innovation. ‘this structure proves that hardwoods have a role to play in the timber construction revolution,’ says david venables, european director of AHEC. ‘the smile is the most challenging structure ever constructed in CLT,’ adds andrew lawrence, associate director at arup. ‘every aspect is pushed to the absolute limit. it really shows the potential for hardwoods in construction.’”

Source
Designboom
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Financial Times The Smile

“On the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, architect Alison Brooks has created a 34-metre rectangular tube arcing upwards at either end. “The Smile”, one of the festival’s landmark projects, is designed to be an immersive pavilion. The tube forms an open-air balcony at either end, framing particular views of the sky, and its perforated walls mediate a dappled light throughout the interior. The gravity-defying structure, with its curving internal landscape illuminated at night by sweeping light strips, is also “crying out for someone to skateboard on it”, says Brooks.”

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“On the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, architect Alison Brooks has created a 34-metre rectangular tube arcing upwards at either end. “The Smile”, one of the festival’s landmark projects, is designed to be an immersive pavilion. The tube forms an open-air balcony at either end, framing particular views of the sky, and its perforated walls mediate a dappled light throughout the interior. The gravity-defying structure, with its curving internal landscape illuminated at night by sweeping light strips, is also “crying out for someone to skateboard on it”, says Brooks.”

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Financial Times
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Wallpaper The Smile

Wallpaper Magazine featured The Smile in its review of the highlights of London Design Festival 2016.

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Wallpaper Magazine featured The Smile in its review of the highlights of London Design Festival 2016.

The Smile is a collaboration between Alison Brooks Architects and The American Hardwood Export Council, Arup and the London Design Festival. It is a cross-laminated tulipwood structure that will be on the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground of the Chelsea College of Arts from 17 September until 12 October 2016.

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Icon

Icon published this 6-page interview with Alison Brooks, looking at 20 years of the practice’s work.

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Icon published this 6-page interview with Alison Brooks, looking at 20 years of the practice’s work.

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Icon
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The Smile preview video The Smile

Take a first look at one of the London Design Festival’s 2016 Landmark Projects, The Smile – the world’s first-ever 34m long CLT urban pavilion.

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Take a first look at one of the London Design Festival’s 2016 Landmark Projects, The Smile – the world’s first-ever 34m long CLT urban pavilion.

Alison Brooks Architects are collaborating with The American Hardwood Export Council, Arup and the London Design Festival to present a cross-laminated tulipwood structure on the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground of the Chelsea College of Arts from 17 September until 12 October 2016.

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17,000 iridescent stainless steel shingles adorn Cohen Quad roof Exeter College Cohen Quad

The scaffolding has begun to come down, revealing the shimmering curved steel roof at ABA’s new 6000 m² Cohen Quad, which will expand Exeter College’s 700 year old campus in the heart of Oxford.

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The scaffolding has begun to come down, revealing the shimmering curved steel roof at ABA’s new 6000 m² Cohen Quad, which will expand Exeter College’s 700 year old campus in the heart of Oxford.

The new quad will house undergraduate and graduate living accommodation for 100 students, a lecture hall, seminar rooms, social learning spaces, archive, café, roof terraces, offices and fellows’ accommodation.

Student rooms and fellows studies are enclosed by patterned stainless steel that folds across wall and roof surfaces, sitting on a stone clad ‘base’ that houses the quads’ public spaces.

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The Smile day 10 The Smile

With The Smile’s full 34 metre wingspan in place, its cross-laminated tulipwood cantilevers are being secured with self-tapping screws.

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With The Smile’s full 34 metre wingspan in place, its cross-laminated tulipwood cantilevers are being secured with self-tapping screws.

Alison Brooks Architects are collaborating with The American Hardwood Export Council, Arup and the London Design Festival to present a cross-laminated tulipwood structure on the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground of the Chelsea College of Arts from 17 September until 12 October 2016.

Photo by Chris Follows via @CCWDigital, University of the Arts London.

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Architects’ Journal Ely Court Kilburn Quarter Unity Place

This article titled ‘Brent Council’s plan to rebuild 1,200 social homes in South Kilburn’ features Alison Brooks Architects’ three projects within the South Kilburn Estate Regeneration Masterplan.

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This article titled ‘Brent Council’s plan to rebuild 1,200 social homes in South Kilburn’ features Alison Brooks Architects’ three projects within the South Kilburn Estate Regeneration Masterplan.

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Architects' Journal
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Architects’ Journal Ely Court

“Alison Brooks Architects’ RIBA Award-winning Ely Court sets a precedent for the rest of the masterplan to follow.”

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“Alison Brooks Architects’ RIBA Award-winning Ely Court sets a precedent for the rest of the masterplan to follow.”

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Architects' Journal
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The Smile day 9 The Smile

On day 9 of construction, the two cantilevered ends have been lifted into place, bringing the structure its full ‘Smile’ form.

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On day 9 of construction, the two cantilevered ends have been lifted into place, bringing the structure its full ‘Smile’ form.

Alison Brooks Architects are collaborating with The American Hardwood Export Council, Arup and the London Design Festival to present a cross-laminated tulipwood structure on the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground of the Chelsea College of Arts from 17 September until 12 October 2016.

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Architects’ Journal Knight’s Park Ely Court Kilburn Quarter

This article proposes two developments featuring Alison Brooks Architects’ projects as exemplars for architects’ collaboration with developers and stakeholders to form new communities.

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This article proposes two developments featuring Alison Brooks Architects’ projects as exemplars for architects’ collaboration with developers and stakeholders to form new communities.

“A few simple lessons can be learned from the approach at North West Cambridge and South Kilburn: put the detail in the planning application and stay on top of the contractor, ensuring they build to the architect’s specification and design; keep the original architect involved, preferably novated; don’t fall into the viability trap by partnering with a developer who will overload your site and ruin the project to boost their profits; and make sure you are building a community, not just homes.”

Source
Architects' Journal
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Architects’ Journal Knight’s Park

Alison Brooks Architects’ Veteran Oak Quarter featured in this article about the wider North West Cambridge Development, titled ‘How the University of Cambridge is building a community for its staff’.

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Alison Brooks Architects’ Veteran Oak Quarter featured in this article about the wider North West Cambridge Development, titled ‘How the University of Cambridge is building a community for its staff’.

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Architects' Journal
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The Sunday Times The Smile

The totem of this year’s London Design Festival (September 17-25) is a great big grin. The architect Alison Brooks has designed a pavilion in cross-laminated American tulipwood, in the shape of an 11ft-high, 110ft-long smile. The installation at Chelsea College of Arts could “transformthe way architects and engineers approach timber construction”, says David Venables, European director of the American Hardwood Export Council. The confident curve echoes the organisers’ bullish portrayal of London as “design capital of the world”.”

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The totem of this year’s London Design Festival (September 17-25) is a great big grin. The architect Alison Brooks has designed a pavilion in cross-laminated American tulipwood, in the shape of an 11ft-high, 110ft-long smile. The installation at Chelsea College of Arts could “transformthe way architects and engineers approach timber construction”, says David Venables, European director of the American Hardwood Export Council. The confident curve echoes the organisers’ bullish portrayal of London as “design capital of the world”.”

Source
The Times
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The Smile day 8 The Smile

On day 8 of the Smile’s construction, the central panels have been assembled, ready to accept its two cantilevered ends.

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On day 8 of the Smile’s construction, the central panels have been assembled, ready to accept its two cantilevered ends.

Alison Brooks Architects are collaborating with The American Hardwood Export Council, Arup and the London Design Festival to present a cross-laminated tulipwood structure on the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground of the Chelsea College of Arts from 17 September until 12 October 2016.

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The Smile arrives on site The Smile

Installation has begun at the Smile pavilion for the London Design Festival 2016.

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Installation has begun at the Smile pavilion for the London Design Festival 2016.

Alison Brooks Architects are collaborating with The American Hardwood Export Council, Arup and the London Design Festival to present a cross-laminated tulipwood structure on the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground of the Chelsea College of Arts from 17 September until 12 October 2016.

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Azure

“A gravity-bending structure by Alison Brooks Architects at the London Design Festival highlights the flexibility of cross-laminated timber.”

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“A gravity-bending structure by Alison Brooks Architects at the London Design Festival highlights the flexibility of cross-laminated timber.”

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Azure
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Dezeen The Smile

The Smile gave the headline image to this article entitled ‘The 10 top installations and exhibitions at London Design Festival 2016′.

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The Smile gave the headline image to this article entitled ‘The 10 top installations and exhibitions at London Design Festival 2016′.

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Dezeen
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Fabricating the Smile The Smile

Our team have been to Zublin Timber, Germany to see the Smile being made in the factory.

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Our team have been to Zublin Timber, Germany to see the Smile being made in the factory.

Alison Brooks Architects are collaborating with The American Hardwood Export Council, Arup and the London Design Festival to present a cross-laminated tulipwood structure on the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground of the Chelsea College of Arts from 17 September until 12 October 2016.

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London Design Festival
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Building for Life

Ely Court features as an exemplar project in the 2016 edition of Building for Life 12 (BfL12), a leading guide for creating well-designed homes and neighbourhoods.

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Ely Court features as an exemplar project in the 2016 edition of Building for Life 12 (BfL12), a leading guide for creating well-designed homes and neighbourhoods.

Endorsed by government and managed by three partners – Design Council CABE, Design for Homes and the Home Builders Federation – BfL12 is integral to the UK’s commitment to build more and better homes.

Reinvented in 2012 to reflect the National Planning Policy Framework, BfL12 was also designed to support the Government’s commitment to:

  • Building more homes
  • Building better designed homes and neighbourhoods
  • Creating a more creative and collaborative planning system
  • Involving local communities in shaping development proposals
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Building for Life
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ArchDaily Ely Court

Ely Court was featured on ‘the world’s most visited architecture website’.

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Ely Court was featured on ‘the world’s most visited architecture website’.

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ArchDaily
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Bath Western Riverside Villas shortlisted for Sunday Times British Homes Award Albert Crescent

Alison Brooks Architects’ Villas at Bath Western Riverside have been shortlisted for a Sunday Times British Homes Award, in the category of Best House Design.

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Alison Brooks Architects’ Villas at Bath Western Riverside have been shortlisted for a Sunday Times British Homes Award, in the category of Best House Design.

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British Homes Awards
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Alison Brooks Architects design landmark installation for London Design Festival 2016 The Smile

Fri, 09/16/16
Chelsea College of Arts
Chelsea College of Arts (map)

Alison Brooks Architects has collaborated with The American Hardwood Export Council, Arup and the London Design Festival to present a cross-laminated tulipwood structure on the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground of the Chelsea College of Arts from 17 September until 12 October.

[more..]

Alison Brooks Architects has collaborated with The American Hardwood Export Council, Arup and the London Design Festival to present a cross-laminated tulipwood structure on the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground of the Chelsea College of Arts from 17 September until 12 October.

Alison Brooks Architects has designed ‘The Smile’, an urban installation that showcases the structural and spatial potential of cross–laminated hardwood using American tulipwood. The Smile is one of the Festival’s Landmark Projects; a timber structure that can be inhabited and explored by the public.

With expertise from top engineering firm Arup, and using construction sized panels of hardwood CLT for the first time, Alison Brooks’ concept is a spectacular 3.5m high, 4.5m wide and 34m long curved rectangular tube – the first ever hardwood ‘mega-tube’.

Alison Brooks says, “The Smile is a huge curved hollow tube made of cross-laminated tulipwood. It touches the ground at one point, like a wheel. Entering The Smile through an opening where the curved form meets the ground, the visitor can walk from end to end of the 34-metre-long tube to discover a new kind of space that gradually rises toward light. All four sides of The Smile’s interior will be made of same beautiful hardwood panels as the structure. It will offer a complete sensory experience of colour, texture, scent and sound. The Smile’s two open ends will illuminate the funnel-like interior space and act as balconies to the city.

Along the walls, perforations will allow sunlight to draw changing patterns on the floor throughout the day. The perforations will also give the visitor an understanding of how the structure performs as they’re located in positions where there are fewer structural stresses. At night the interior will be illuminated by linear light strips that trace its dynamic curving floor.”

For AHEC, The Smile is one of the most important developments in a decade of research and development into structural timber innovation with Arup, and one that could broaden the use of CLT in the construction industry. Andrew Lawrence, Associate Director, Arup says, “The Smile is the most challenging structure ever constructed in CLT. Every aspect is pushed to the absolute limit. It really shows the potential for hardwoods in construction.”

This creation of a brand-new product and a new use of hardwood will transform the way architects and engineers approach timber construction.

“This structure proves that hardwoods have a role to play in the timber construction revolution,” says David Venables, European Director of AHEC. “All our previous LDF projects – Timber Wave, Out of the Woods, Endless Stair and The Wish List – have been significant projects.

“But The Smile, designed by Alison Brooks Architects, is the most significant advance because it will create the first-ever use of industrial-sized panels of hardwood CLT. These panels will be produced by Züblin Timber in Germany, one of the pioneers of this manufacturing process. They believe in the potential of tulipwood CLT as bringing a revolutionary new element to wood construction.”

Arup’s engineering team is working to derive the most efficient structural form, using only 60 cubic metres of wood to create a 150 square metre enclosed space. The forces of tension and compression working in the CLT walls will be expressed by perforations in its elevations. ABA has used these to generate patterns of light across The Smile’s interior spaces during the day, it will become an urban lantern at night.

“The Landmark Projects are a key part of the Festival’s commissioning programme. They are at a scale that gets noticed and are always in major public places reaching a very wide audience,” says Ben Evans, the Director of LDF. “The choice of architect is key and Alison Brooks Architects are known for their innovative use of materials. Alongside a strong commitment to ambitious ideas they made an ideal choice for this year’s Landmark project with AHEC.”

Fri, 09.16.16
Chelsea College of Arts
Chelsea College of Arts
When
Where
Chelsea College of Arts (map)
Website
m.londondesignfestival.com
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Architect The Smile

The Journal of the American Institute of Architects featured this article about The Smile.

Twenty minutes into our discussion about the Smile—Alison Brooks Architects’ forthcoming seesaw of a building in the courtyard of London’s Chelsea College of Arts—I’m still trying to determine what makes the upward curvature of the unusual, namesake form structurally feasible.”

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The Journal of the American Institute of Architects featured this article about The Smile.

Twenty minutes into our discussion about the Smile—Alison Brooks Architects’ forthcoming seesaw of a building in the courtyard of London’s Chelsea College of Arts—I’m still trying to determine what makes the upward curvature of the unusual, namesake form structurally feasible.”

Source
Architect Magazine
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Architects’ Journal The Smile

The Architect’s Journal showcased Alison Brooks Architects’ urban installation, ‘The Smile’. The practice collaborated with The American Hardwood Export Council, Arup and the London Design Festival to present a cross-laminated tulipwood structure on the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground of the Chelsea College of Arts from 17 September until 12 October 2016.

The Architect’s Journal showcased Alison Brooks Architects’ urban installation, ‘The Smile’. The practice collaborated with The American Hardwood Export Council, Arup and the London Design Festival to present a cross-laminated tulipwood structure on the Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground of the Chelsea College of Arts from 17 September until 12 October 2016.

Source
Full Article
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World Architecture News The Smile

“The Landmark Projects are a key part of the Festival’s commissioning programme. They are at a scale that gets noticed and are always in major public places reaching a very wide audience,” says Ben Evans, the Director of LDF. “The choice of architect is key and Alison Brooks Architects are known for their innovative use of materials. Alongside a strong commitment to ambitious ideas they made an ideal choice for this year’s Landmark project with AHEC.”

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“The Landmark Projects are a key part of the Festival’s commissioning programme. They are at a scale that gets noticed and are always in major public places reaching a very wide audience,” says Ben Evans, the Director of LDF. “The choice of architect is key and Alison Brooks Architects are known for their innovative use of materials. Alongside a strong commitment to ambitious ideas they made an ideal choice for this year’s Landmark project with AHEC.”

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World Architecture News
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MP Ben Howlett tour of Bath Western Riverside Albert Crescent

Alison Brooks Architects and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios showed Bath MP Ben Howlett around Bath Western Riverside in order to highlight quality design, space standards, and the issues of affordability.

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Alison Brooks Architects and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios showed Bath MP Ben Howlett around Bath Western Riverside in order to highlight quality design, space standards, and the issues of affordability.

The tour forms part of RIBA’s ongoing engagement with MPs, championing these issues, as the shortage of new housing is addressed.

Source
Twitter
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Cambridge Architecture Severn Place

“Should Severn Place deliver everything promised at planning stage, the scheme has the potential to contribute an exciting addition to Cambridge’s built environment… Good development sometimes means breaking the norm, as exemplified by schemes such as Accordia or Severn Place.”

“Should Severn Place deliver everything promised at planning stage, the scheme has the potential to contribute an exciting addition to Cambridge’s built environment… Good development sometimes means breaking the norm, as exemplified by schemes such as Accordia or Severn Place.”

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Blueprint

“Alison Brooks Architects is helping to work some magic at the once neglected and run-down South Kilburn Estate in north-west London”

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“Alison Brooks Architects is helping to work some magic at the once neglected and run-down South Kilburn Estate in north-west London”

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Blueprint
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Blueprint The Smile

“Working with Arup, [Alison Brooks Architects] has designed a large, arching tunnel which lifts at each end (hence its name, Smile) made from American tulipwood; it is the first ever use of industrial-sized panels of hardwood CLT. As such, it heralds a new product, which could transform the way architects and engineers approach constructing in timber.”

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“Working with Arup, [Alison Brooks Architects] has designed a large, arching tunnel which lifts at each end (hence its name, Smile) made from American tulipwood; it is the first ever use of industrial-sized panels of hardwood CLT. As such, it heralds a new product, which could transform the way architects and engineers approach constructing in timber.”

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Ely Court shortlisted for global AR Housing award 2016 Ely Court

This 43-dwelling scheme for London Borough of Brent has been named among the four finalists for the inaugural AR Housing award.

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This 43-dwelling scheme for London Borough of Brent has been named among the four finalists for the inaugural AR Housing award.

The £8.2m project, which forms part of the South Kilburn Estate Regeneration masterplan, is joined on the international shortlist by ground-breaking housing developments in India, France and Denmark.

The new award was launched to seek out the best housing projects constructed within the last five years – from social and public/private to private schemes, from micro-scale to large-scale projects, from housing complexes to student residences to apartment blocks.

Source
AJ article
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ABA wins two Housing Design Awards, including the 2016 Mayor’s Award Ely Court Knight’s Park

Alison Brooks Architects won two Housing Design Awards, including the 2016 Mayor’s Award for Ely Court, which forms part of the South Kilburn Estate Regeneration masterplan. The other was a Project Award for the Veteran Oak Quarter, which forms part of Cambridge University’s exceptionally ambitious North West Cambridge Development.

 

Alison Brooks Architects won two Housing Design Awards, including the 2016 Mayor’s Award for Ely Court, which forms part of the South Kilburn Estate Regeneration masterplan. The other was a Project Award for the Veteran Oak Quarter, which forms part of Cambridge University’s exceptionally ambitious North West Cambridge Development.

 

Source
Housing Design Awards
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Guardian reviews Ely Court Ely Court

“Thanks to the enlightened thinking of Brent council and Alison Brooks Architects, a notorious London estate that featured in Zadie Smith’s White Teeth is now the site of some of the best housing in the neighbourhood,” writes Rowan Moore in his review for the Guardian / Observer.

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“Thanks to the enlightened thinking of Brent council and Alison Brooks Architects, a notorious London estate that featured in Zadie Smith’s White Teeth is now the site of some of the best housing in the neighbourhood,” writes Rowan Moore in his review for the Guardian / Observer.

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Guardian / Observer article
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Stainless steel roof emerges at Exeter College Cohen Quad Exeter College Cohen Quad

The patterned stainless steel roof is under construction in ABA’s new 6000 m² Cohen Quad, which expand Exeter College’s 700 year old campus in the heart of Oxford.

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The patterned stainless steel roof is under construction in ABA’s new 6000 m² Cohen Quad, which expand Exeter College’s 700 year old campus in the heart of Oxford.

The new quad will house undergraduate and graduate living accommodation for 100 students, a lecture hall, seminar rooms, social learning spaces, archive, café, roof terraces, offices and fellows’ accommodation.

Student rooms and fellows studies are enclosed by patterned stainless steel that folds across wall and roof surfaces, sitting on a stone clad ‘base’ that houses the quads’ public spaces.

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Guardian

“Thanks to the enlightened thinking of Brent council and Alison Brooks Architects, a notorious London estate that featured in Zadie Smith’s White Teeth is now the site of some of the best housing in the neighbourhood,” writes Rowan Moore in his review for the Guardian / Observer.

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“Thanks to the enlightened thinking of Brent council and Alison Brooks Architects, a notorious London estate that featured in Zadie Smith’s White Teeth is now the site of some of the best housing in the neighbourhood,” writes Rowan Moore in his review for the Guardian / Observer.

Source
Guardian article
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Construction progress at North West Cambridge Development Knight’s Park

New aerial photographs show the construction progress of Cambridge University’s exceptionally ambitious North West Cambridge Development. Alison Brooks Architects & PTE’s Veteran Oak Quarter forms Lots M1 & M2 of this development.

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New aerial photographs show the construction progress of Cambridge University’s exceptionally ambitious North West Cambridge Development. Alison Brooks Architects & PTE’s Veteran Oak Quarter forms Lots M1 & M2 of this development.

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Construction Blog
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ABA to design new Maggie’s Centre in Somerset Maggie’s Centre

Maggie’s, the charity that provides free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their families and friends, has announced that Alison Brooks Architects will be designing its latest Centre.

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Maggie’s, the charity that provides free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their families and friends, has announced that Alison Brooks Architects will be designing its latest Centre.

Great design and architecture is vital to the care that Maggie’s offers and so the practice will join a stellar list of architects commissioned by Maggie’s since 1996 including Frank Gehry, the late Zaha Hadid, OMA, Rogers Stirk Harbour and Steven Holl. Maggie’s Centres offer visitors a calm and uplifting environment with professional staff on hand to offer an evidence-based programme of support.

Alison Brooks and her team will design Maggie’s Taunton at the edge of the grounds of the Musgrove Park Hospital in Somerset. Brooks has teamed with Johanna Gibbons of JLG Landscape Architecture and structural engineers Webb Yates.

Laura Lee, Chief Executive at Maggie’s said “We are so pleased to be bringing a Maggie’s Centre to Taunton and are excited by the designs put forward by Alison Brooks and JLG Landscape Architecture. Great design and architecture are integral to what we do at Maggie’s as each and every one of our Centres is specifically designed to welcome people with cancer and offer them a place to seek practical advice, talk to other people with cancer or just to sit quietly with a cup of tea while awaiting appointments or results.”

Colin Drummond, chair of Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This is a very exciting development. At Musgrove Park Hospital we attach the greatest importance to working with the voluntary sector to provide the best quality care for patients with cancer, and for their families and friends. Our Beacon cancer centre is recognised for its excellent care and environment. To have Maggie’s, and the wonderful space and support it is renowned for, will be a huge asset for our local community.”

Alison Brooks said “We’re honoured and delighted to be working with Maggie’s to design a new Centre in Taunton. Our project will build on Maggie Keswick Jencks’ legacy of extraordinary and uplifting spaces for cancer patients and their families with creative working environments for the Maggie’s team. Taunton is in a beautiful part of Somerset and we hope our project, overlooking the Blackdown Hills, will make the most of this opportunity.”

Press: Architects Data File, BD Online, Architects’ Journal, ArchDaily, Building Construction Design, E-Architect, FollowNewsHorticulture Week,

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Ely Court wins RIBA National Award Ely Court

Alison Brooks Architects’ scheme for this 43-dwelling residential development forms part of the South Kilburn Estate Regeneration Masterplan for the London Borough of Brent.

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Alison Brooks Architects’ scheme for this 43-dwelling residential development forms part of the South Kilburn Estate Regeneration Masterplan for the London Borough of Brent.

The project is intended as a catalyst for social and urban transformation, a contemporary interpretation of 19th century housing typologies and street patterns.

Press: RIBA, Architects’ Journal, Building Design

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Alison Brooks lecture at University of Waterloo

1:5000/1:1 Context, Culture & Building Craft

Thursday 16th June 2016 Alison Brooks Architects will giving a lecture at the University of Waterloo, Cambridge, Ontario

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1:5000/1:1 Context, Culture & Building Craft

Thursday 16th June 2016 Alison Brooks Architects will giving a lecture at the University of Waterloo, Cambridge, Ontario

Alison will discuss her practice’s current work, revealing their synthetic approach to the making of buildings and the making of cities, in the context of London’s resurgent urban culture.

Thursday 16th July 6.00pm
Cummings Lecture Theatre, ARC – School of Architecture, University of Waterloo, 7 Melville St, S., Cambridge, Ontario, Canada

Link:

https://uwaterloo.ca/architecture/events/alison-brooks-lecture-1500011-context-culture-building-craft

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HDA Seminar Ely Court Kilburn Quarter Unity Place

Mon, 07/11/16 , 14:00
IET London: Savoy Place
IET London: Savoy Place (map)

Alison Brooks Architects will join South Kilburn Estate Regeneration collaborators Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and Brent Council to speak at the Housing Design Award Seminar 2016: Beyond Housebuilding.

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Alison Brooks Architects will join South Kilburn Estate Regeneration collaborators Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and Brent Council to speak at the Housing Design Award Seminar 2016: Beyond Housebuilding.

“Britain needs to build some 250,000 new homes each year, but business as usual can’t meet demand. Where else could the numbers come from?”

Tickets are now available for the annual Housing Design Awards seminar, featuring in-depth discussion of innovative approaches to housing procurement and design – from consumer responsive offsite production, to custom-build and co-housing, and local authority direct commissioning.

 

Mon, 07.11.16 , 14:00
IET London: Savoy Place
IET London: Savoy Place
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Where
IET London: Savoy Place (map)
Website
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Glulam at Exeter College Cohen Quad Exeter College Cohen Quad

A Glued Laminated Timber (glulam) cloister is being installed at ABA’s Cohen Quad for Exeter College, Oxford.

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A Glued Laminated Timber (glulam) cloister is being installed at ABA’s Cohen Quad for Exeter College, Oxford.

This cloister will form part of a three dimensional ambulatory – a narrative route that connects the college’s public and courtyard spaces with a series of amphitheatre staircases, landings and garden walks – places for gathering and scholarly exchange.

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ABA to speak at HDA Seminar Ely Court Kilburn Quarter Unity Place

Alison Brooks Architects will join South Kilburn Estate Regeneration collaborators Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and Brent Council to speak at the Housing Design Award Seminar 2016: Beyond Housebuilding.

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Alison Brooks Architects will join South Kilburn Estate Regeneration collaborators Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and Brent Council to speak at the Housing Design Award Seminar 2016: Beyond Housebuilding.

“Britain needs to build some 250,000 new homes each year, but business as usual can’t meet demand. Where else could the numbers come from?”

Tickets are now available for the annual Housing Design Awards seminar, featuring in-depth discussion of innovative approaches to housing procurement and design – from consumer responsive offsite production, to custom-build and co-housing, and local authority direct commissioning.

Monday 11th July 2.00pm – 5.30pm
Kelvin Theatre, The IET, 2 Savoy Place, London WC2R 0BL

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Tickets
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Alison Brooks to judge Matsumoto Prize 2016

Alison Brooks is a jury member for this annual prize, which North Carolina Modernist Houses created in honour of George Matsumoto, one of the founding faculty members of North Carolina State University’s College of Design.

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Alison Brooks is a jury member for this annual prize, which North Carolina Modernist Houses created in honour of George Matsumoto, one of the founding faculty members of North Carolina State University’s College of Design.

Matsumoto created some of North Carolina’s most well-known and well-loved Modernist houses. There is also a People’s Choice vote.

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NC Modernist
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Ely Court Shortlisted for NLA Award Ely Court

Alison Brooks Architects’ Ely Court has been shortlisted for a New London Architecture Award 2016.

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Alison Brooks Architects’ Ely Court has been shortlisted for a New London Architecture Award 2016.

All category winners, Overall Winner and the New Londoner of the Year will be announced on 7 July at the NLA Annual Lunch at the Guildhall, attended by 700 of the capital’s leading decision-makers and professionals across development, design, planning and construction.

Source
New London Architecture
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Architects’ Journal

In an article titled “Architects around the world are tackling a huge range of uncomfortable truths”, Alison Brooks reflects on her time at this year’s Venice Biennale.

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In an article titled “Architects around the world are tackling a huge range of uncomfortable truths”, Alison Brooks reflects on her time at this year’s Venice Biennale.

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Architects' Journal
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Alison Brooks reflects on Venice Biennale City (e) State

Read Alison Brooks’s article about this year’s Venice Biennale in the Archtiects’ Journal HERE.

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Read Alison Brooks’s article about this year’s Venice Biennale in the Archtiects’ Journal HERE.

ABA is participating in the Time-Space-Existence exhibition at the Palazzo Mora, along with 100 other established and emerging practices from a range of countries and cultures. In the exhibition ‘City(e)State’, Alison Brooks Architects documents the evolution of state-sponsored housing architecture as a reflection of the social, economic and political values of the day.

Source
Architects' Journal
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Interior Design The Smile

“For The Smile, Alison Brooks and the American Hardwood Export Council will present an installation in the form of a smile-shaped tunnel. [more..]

“For The Smile, Alison Brooks and the American Hardwood Export Council will present an installation in the form of a smile-shaped tunnel. 

“The 118-foot-long installation aims to showcase the structural potential of cross-laminated timber (CLT), and will make use of American tulipwood to create an arch-shaped tunnel that rises off the ground to 11 feet. The images revealed already indicate an astonishing architectural achievement that will delight attendees.”

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Interior Design
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ABA on Science Museum shortlist

Alison Brooks Architects are among five teams shortlisted to design a new events space inside the Science Museum’s South Kensington headquarters.

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Alison Brooks Architects are among five teams shortlisted to design a new events space inside the Science Museum’s South Kensington headquarters.

 

Source
Architects' Journal
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New photos reveal South Kilburn interiors Kilburn Quarter

Paul Riddle’s new photographs show the interior spaces of the recently completed South Block of Bronte & Fielding House, which forms Phase 2 of the South Kilburn Estate Regeneration for London Borough of Brent.

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Paul Riddle’s new photographs show the interior spaces of the recently completed South Block of Bronte & Fielding House, which forms Phase 2 of the South Kilburn Estate Regeneration for London Borough of Brent.

The South Block’s unique geometry creates dual aspect apartments that flare towards views across London. Some of the apartments look towards Ernő Goldfinger’s iconic 1972 council housing project, Trellick Tower.

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Time Space Existence

At the 15th Biennale di Architettura in Venice, ABA’s exhibit City (e) State at the Global Art Affairs Foundation’s TIME – SPACE – EXISTENCE explores the civic role of housing and the state as urban patron.

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At the 15th Biennale di Architettura in Venice, ABA’s exhibit City (e) State at the Global Art Affairs Foundation’s TIME – SPACE – EXISTENCE explores the civic role of housing and the state as urban patron.

This book is the catalogue of that exhibition.

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Inexhibit City (e) State

In their exhibition ‘City(e)State’ Alison Brooks Architects documents the evolution of state-sponsored housing architecture as a reflection of the social, economic and political values of the day.”

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In their exhibition ‘City(e)State’ Alison Brooks Architects documents the evolution of state-sponsored housing architecture as a reflection of the social, economic and political values of the day.”

“The exhibition uncovers qualities found in Britain’s monumental urban housing estates, and how these have become synonymous with economic and social segregation. These are examined in relation to four specific urban paradigms found in a north London neighbourhood: 1890s suburb; 1960s modernist estate; contemporary masterplan; and intensified, ‘ideal’ future.”

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Inexhibit
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Dezeen

At the head of an article that summarises highlights from La Biennale di Venezia Exhibition 2016, Dezeen featured an image from ABA’s City(e)State exhibition with the Time Space Existence event at Palazzo Mora.

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At the head of an article that summarises highlights from La Biennale di Venezia Exhibition 2016, Dezeen featured an image from ABA’s City(e)State exhibition with the Time Space Existence event at Palazzo Mora.

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Dezeen
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La Biennale di Venezia Exhibition Ely Court City (e) State Kilburn Quarter Unity Place

Sat, 05/28/16
Palazzo Mora
Palazzo Mora (map)

ABA is participating in the Time-Space-Existence exhibition at the Palazzo Mora, along with 100 other established and emerging practices from a range of countries and cultures. In the exhibition ‘City(e)State’, Alison Brooks Architects documents the evolution of state-sponsored housing architecture as a reflection of the social, economic and political values of the day.

[more..]

ABA is participating in the Time-Space-Existence exhibition at the Palazzo Mora, along with 100 other established and emerging practices from a range of countries and cultures. In the exhibition ‘City(e)State’, Alison Brooks Architects documents the evolution of state-sponsored housing architecture as a reflection of the social, economic and political values of the day.

The exhibition uncovers qualities found in Britain’s monumental urban housing estates, and how these have become synonymous with economic and social segregation. These are examined in relation to four specific urban paradigms found in a north London neighbourhood: 1890s suburb; 1960s modernist estate; contemporary masterplan; and intensified, ‘ideal’ future.

The practice considers housing design to be the most fundamental form of city-building, constituting urban form, civic space and community identity as well as the intimate space of dwelling. ABA’s own work in housing explores new typologies, identities and hybrid uses as vehicles for urban transformation.

“As catalysts for social diversity and inclusiveness, housing architecture can be reconceived as civic buildings of the everyday,” says Alison Brooks, principal and creative director of ABA. “A strategy of proactive council involvement as commissioners and stewards of urban design offers an alternative model for development to purely market-led regeneration.”

The Venice installation will include ABA’s ongoing work with the London Borough of Brent on the regeneration of South Kilburn Estate, one of north London’s largest modernist housing estates. Here, the Council is leading a 15 year masterplan to reintegrate the community, its architecture and public spaces into the fabric of the city. The Council’s plans new projects embed diversity, with a 50/50 mix of social and private housing. Ten London architects have been working in the regeneration including three competition winning schemes by Alison Brooks Architects.

“Our three South Kilburn projects – one complete, one under construction and one planned – recharge streets as a forum for public life framed by higher density, equitable housing. Our work supports the local authority’s renewed commitment to delivering long-term social and urban value.” says Brooks.

“Time Space Existence” at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, 28 May – 27 November 2016. Palazzo Mora, Str. Nuova, 3659, 30121 Venezia, Italy.

Sat, 05.28.16
Palazzo Mora
Palazzo Mora
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Where
Palazzo Mora (map)
Website
www.palazzobembo.org
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Quarterhouse to host Archigram Folkestone 2016 Quarterhouse

Sat, 06/11/16 , 18:00
Quarterhouse, Folkestone
Quarterhouse, Folkestone (map)

Sir Peter Cook and the surviving members of the original Archigram team will come together, 50 years on TO THE VERY DAY, to celebrate and recount the event that took place in Folkestone in 1966. The event will be held at ABA’s Folkestone Quarterhouse Performing Arts Centre.

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Sir Peter Cook and the surviving members of the original Archigram team will come together, 50 years on TO THE VERY DAY, to celebrate and recount the event that took place in Folkestone in 1966. The event will be held at ABA’s Folkestone Quarterhouse Performing Arts Centre.

Sat, 06.11.16 , 18:00
Quarterhouse, Folkestone
Quarterhouse, Folkestone
When
Where
Quarterhouse, Folkestone (map)
Website
www.quarterhouse.co.uk
Source
RIBA
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Architects’ Journal

“Alison Brooks Architects and RCKa are among five teams shortlisted for a new events space inside the Science Museum’s South Kensington headquarters.

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“Alison Brooks Architects and RCKa are among five teams shortlisted for a new events space inside the Science Museum’s South Kensington headquarters.

“The winner will create a daytime events space on the fourth and fifth floors of the museum’s historic Richard Allison-designed main building.

“According to the contract notice, the planned facility will ‘evoke the spirit of the museum and capitalise on the spectacular views across the London skyline.'”

 

Source
Architects' Journal
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London Design Festival: The Smile The Smile

Alison Brooks Architects have designed an urban installation for this year’s London Design Festival that showcases the structural and spatial potential of cross–laminated hardwood, using American tulipwood. The Smile is a collaboration with AHEC, Arup and Merk.

[more..]

Alison Brooks Architects have designed an urban installation for this year’s London Design Festival that showcases the structural and spatial potential of cross–laminated hardwood, using American tulipwood. The Smile is a collaboration with AHEC, Arup and Merk.

The curved form allows the Smile to cantilever out from its centre point to reach out into space. The curved floor, curved ceiling and curved walls create a dynamic and unfamiliar internal space. It is an undulating environment, between a landscape, adventure playground, bridge and a diving board.

Press: LDF, Dezeen, DesignWeek

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Project Website
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Ely Court wins RIBA London Award Ely Court

Ely Court, which forms Phase 2A of the South Kilburn Estate Regeneration masterplan for the London Borough of Brent, has won a 2016 RIBA London Award.

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Ely Court, which forms Phase 2A of the South Kilburn Estate Regeneration masterplan for the London Borough of Brent, has won a 2016 RIBA London Award.

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RIBA website
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Alison Brooks speaks at RIAS Centenary Convention

Alison Brooks spoke at the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland Centenary Convention on Friday 13th May 2016.

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Alison Brooks spoke at the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland Centenary Convention on Friday 13th May 2016.

Hosted by RIAS President, Willie Watt, the RIAS Convention, the single most significant event in the Incorporation’s annual calendar, is also one of the largest architectural conferences in Europe. To mark the Incorporation’s centenary, the 2016 event took place in the RIAS’ place of birth, Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, within the territory covered by the Edinburgh Architectural Association.

Source
Convention Guide
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ABA shortlisted for 3 Housing Design Awards Ely Court Albert Crescent Knight’s Park

Alison Brooks Architects have been shortlisted for Ely Court and Bath Western Riverside and Veteran Oak Quarter (North West Cambridge Lots M1 & M2).

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Alison Brooks Architects have been shortlisted for Ely Court and Bath Western Riverside and Veteran Oak Quarter (North West Cambridge Lots M1 & M2).

Winners will be announced at an evening ceremony led by the housing and planning minister in London on 11th July.

Source
HDA website
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South Block nears completion in Kilburn Kilburn Quarter

Construction is nearing completion at the South Block of Bronte & Fielding House, Phase 2 of London Borough of Brent’s South Kilburn Regeneration Programme.

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Construction is nearing completion at the South Block of Bronte & Fielding House, Phase 2 of London Borough of Brent’s South Kilburn Regeneration Programme.

ABA’s South Block, within a 229 unit scheme designed by Alison Brooks Architects and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, is being delivered by Network Housing Group and United House.

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Lecture: Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland Centenary Convention

Fri, 05/13/16
Mansfield Traquair, Edinburgh
Mansfield Traquair, Edinburgh (map)

Alison Brooks will speak at the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland Centenary Convention 2016.

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Alison Brooks will speak at the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland Centenary Convention 2016.

Hosted by RIAS President, Willie Watt, the RIAS Convention, the single most significant event in the Incorporation’s annual calendar, is also one of the largest architectural conferences in Europe. To mark the Incorporation’s centenary, this year’s event takes place in the RIAS’ place of birth, Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, within the territory covered by the Edinburgh Architectural Association.

Fri, 05.13.16
Mansfield Traquair, Edinburgh
Mansfield Traquair, Edinburgh
When
Where
Mansfield Traquair, Edinburgh (map)
Website
www.rias.org.uk
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Renovations: An Inspirational Design Primer Wrap House Lens House

This book features ABA projects Wrap House and Lens House. In Renovations, Richard Wilcock analyses a host of cutting-edge projects to examine the challenges of adapting traditional house types; retaining historic features whilst introducing modern interventions.

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This book features ABA projects Wrap House and Lens House. In Renovations, Richard Wilcock analyses a host of cutting-edge projects to examine the challenges of adapting traditional house types; retaining historic features whilst introducing modern interventions.

The book brings together more than two decades of research to showcase the best examples of domestic extensions and internal remodelling in the UK today.

ISBN
9781859465028
Publisher
RIBA Publishing
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Ely Court shortlisted for RIBA Award Ely Court

Ely Court, which forms Phase 2A of the South Kilburn Estate Regeneration masterplan for the London Borough of Brent, has been shortlisted for the 2016 RIBA London Awards.

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Ely Court, which forms Phase 2A of the South Kilburn Estate Regeneration masterplan for the London Borough of Brent, has been shortlisted for the 2016 RIBA London Awards.

The winners of this year’s RIBA London Awards will be announced at a special awards ceremony on Tuesday, 3rd May 2016.

Source
RIBA website
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The Guardian

Alison Brooks’s comments were featured in ‘Architects speak out about industry sexism in tributes to Zaha Hadid’.

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Alison Brooks’s comments were featured in ‘Architects speak out about industry sexism in tributes to Zaha Hadid’.

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Full Article
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Architizer special mention for Severn Place Severn Place

This 11,150m² urban development in Cambridge has received a Special Mention in the 2016 Architizer  A+ Awards, in the Unbuilt Residential category.

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This 11,150m² urban development in Cambridge has received a Special Mention in the 2016 Architizer  A+ Awards, in the Unbuilt Residential category.

Source
Winners list
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Ely Court shortlisted for RICS Award Ely Court

Ely Court, which forms part of the South Kilburn Estate Regeneration Masterplan for the London Borough of Brent, has been shortlisted for a 2016 RICS Award in the category of Regeneration.

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Ely Court, which forms part of the South Kilburn Estate Regeneration Masterplan for the London Borough of Brent, has been shortlisted for a 2016 RICS Award in the category of Regeneration.

The award ceremony takes place on 4 May 2016 at The Lancaster, London.

Source
RICS website
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RICS guidance features Newhall and Accordia Newhall Be Accordia Masterplan Accordia Sky Villas Accordia Brass Building

Newhall and Accordia are two of the five case study projects that RICS use as exemplars for delivering “Placemaking and Value” in their recent publication of that title.

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Newhall and Accordia are two of the five case study projects that RICS use as exemplars for delivering “Placemaking and Value” in their recent publication of that title.

On Newhall:

“Newhall very clearly creates something new; there is nothing like it in the local area and the strong commitment to quality and materials, together with the attention to detail in the public realm, helps create a coherent settlement that is both practical and aesthetically pleasing.”

“The success of Newhall’s design can be attributed to the architects themselves, the developers who took the risk, and the original masterplanners and landowners who created the vision… Crucially, the additional build costs are subsequently recouped at end-sale receipts.”

“It is evident that residents of Newhall – the longest-term being ten years – feel a strong sense of pride and ownership over their neighbourhood; both the public and private space is very well kept.”

On Accordia:

“The architecture is innovative, with regards to the typologies, layouts and the use of integrated public and private space. Adopting innovative design solutions increased risk given that they had not been market-tested and might not meet with buyer expectations, particularly at this price point and against the economic backdrop of the preceding 10 years. The distinctive design, in conjunction with the undeniably high standard of materials and finish, helped the settlement establish its own identity and a positive reputation.”

“The emphasis on green space and garden living is very effective and creates a very attractive environment in which to live. Again, the standard is high, with well-maintained pear trees and extensive planting of fruits. Furthermore, the blurred distinction between private and public space enhances the community feel.”

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Cambridge planning success for Severn Place Severn Place

Alison Brooks Architects achieved a resolution for planning consent for a mixed use scheme for the Unex Group, on a difficult urban site at Severn Place, off Newmarket Road in Cambridge.

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Alison Brooks Architects achieved a resolution for planning consent for a mixed use scheme for the Unex Group, on a difficult urban site at Severn Place, off Newmarket Road in Cambridge.

The project presents new urban housing as a device for reinstating diversity, complexity and resilience into an area of urban sprawl. The site is within a quintessentially suburban context: a shopping mall and office park, surrounded by major traffic intersections.

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Talk: The Richard Grierson Annual Lecture

Wed, 02/24/16 , 20:00
Blackheath Halls
Blackheath Halls (map)

Alison Brooks presented the Annual Richard Grierson Architecture Lecture at Blackheath Halls.

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Alison Brooks presented the Annual Richard Grierson Architecture Lecture at Blackheath Halls.

Wed, 02.24.16 , 20:00
Blackheath Halls
Blackheath Halls
When
Where
Blackheath Halls (map)
Website
www.trinitylaban.ac.uk
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Placemaking and value

Newhall and Accordia are two of the five case study projects that RICS use as exemplars for delivering “Placemaking and Value” in the first edition of their publication of that title.

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Newhall and Accordia are two of the five case study projects that RICS use as exemplars for delivering “Placemaking and Value” in the first edition of their publication of that title.

On Newhall:

“Newhall very clearly creates something new; there is nothing like it in the local area and the strong commitment to quality and materials, together with the attention to detail in the public realm, helps create a coherent settlement that is both practical and aesthetically pleasing.”

“The success of Newhall’s design can be attributed to the architects themselves, the developers who took the risk, and the original masterplanners and landowners who created the vision… Crucially, the additional build costs are subsequently recouped at end-sale receipts.”

“It is evident that residents of Newhall – the longest-term being ten years – feel a strong sense of pride and ownership over their neighbourhood; both the public and private space is very well kept.”

On Accordia:

“The architecture is innovative, with regards to the typologies, layouts and the use of integrated public and private space. Adopting innovative design solutions increased risk given that they had not been market-tested and might not meet with buyer expectations, particularly at this price point and against the economic backdrop of the preceding 10 years. The distinctive design, in conjunction with the undeniably high standard of materials and finish, helped the settlement establish its own identity and a positive reputation.”

“The emphasis on green space and garden living is very effective and creates a very attractive environment in which to live. Again, the standard is high, with well-maintained pear trees and extensive planting of fruits. Furthermore, the blurred distinction between private and public space enhances the community feel.”

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RICS
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Talk: University of Brighton School of Architecture

Tue, 02/16/16
University of Brighton School of Architecture
University of Brighton School of Architecture (map)
Tue, 02.16.16
University of Brighton School of Architecture
University of Brighton School of Architecture
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Where
University of Brighton School of Architecture (map)
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Architects’ Journal

“The scheme includes 84 homes alongside commercial spaces set within eight blocks which vary in height.

The development will reinstate one of the city’s nineteenth-century lanes with ’meandering buildings’ framing a pedestrian and cycle-friendly streetscape.

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“The scheme includes 84 homes alongside commercial spaces set within eight blocks which vary in height.

The development will reinstate one of the city’s nineteenth-century lanes with ’meandering buildings’ framing a pedestrian and cycle-friendly streetscape.

It will reconnect two of Cambridge’s existing neighbourhoods with a new urban passage framed by high density housing.

Using brick as the main material, each apartment block will be given its own identity through subtle changes in colour, texture and reflectivity.

Each of the residential blocks will feature generously sized private balconies, projecting porches and decks.

According to the practice the scheme ‘presents new urban housing as a device for reinstating diversity, complexity and resilience into a quintessentially suburban context’.”

Source
AJ article
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Newhall featured on 100k House Newhall Be

ABA’s Newhall Be was featured on the BBC Two series The £100k House: Tricks of the Trade. Episode 6 aired at 8pm on Wednesday 9th March 2016.

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ABA’s Newhall Be was featured on the BBC Two series The £100k House: Tricks of the Trade. Episode 6 aired at 8pm on Wednesday 9th March 2016.

The residential development serves as an inspirational exemplar for a couple who are attempting to build a low-cost house.

Source
BBC website
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Severn Place

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Debate: Turncoats – “The Gender Agenda”

Alison Brooks participated in the Turncoats debate series, which feature intense discussions of key topics facing architects in contemporary practice.

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Alison Brooks participated in the Turncoats debate series, which feature intense discussions of key topics facing architects in contemporary practice.

This discussion sought to reframe feminism in architecture.

When
Where
U+I (map)
Website
turncoats.uk
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Planning granted at North West Cambridge development Knight’s Park

Alison Brooks Architects and PTE have won planning permission for the Veteran Oak Quarter housing for developer Hill, at the £1 billion North West Cambridge development .

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Alison Brooks Architects and PTE have won planning permission for the Veteran Oak Quarter housing for developer Hill, at the £1 billion North West Cambridge development .

The 150 hectare urban extension masterplanned by Aecom includes university and market housing, a primary school, research space plus community facilities such as a nursery, a doctors’ surgery, community centre, supermarket and retail units, and open green space. Within the 3.7 hectares of lots M1 & M2, ABA are designing 53 houses and 90 apartments.

Press: Architects’ Journal, Building Design

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Architects’ Journal Knight’s Park

ABA’s Veteran Oak Quarter scheme at the North West Cambridge Development was published in the Architects’ Journal, after the scheme was awarded with planning permission.

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ABA’s Veteran Oak Quarter scheme at the North West Cambridge Development was published in the Architects’ Journal, after the scheme was awarded with planning permission.

“Alison Brooks Architects and Pollard Thomas Edwards have been given the green light for 240-homes as part of the North West Cambridge development.

“The scheme is the first private housing within the University of Cambridge’s huge £1 billion masterplan which is being designed and delivered by, among others, Stanton Williams, Mecanoo, Mole and Witherford Watson Mann.

“The latest plans include apartments, townhouses, and detached family homes.

“The new homes will feature ‘front hallways, generous ceiling heights, large living areas and spaces for home working’.

“The schemes form part of the massive 140 hectare project which includes 3,000 homes, 100,000m² of research space, a local centre and community facilities including a primary school, nursery, doctors’ surgery, supermarket and retail units.

“Andy Hill, chief executive of Hill, said: ‘We are really pleased that the North West Cambridge site is moving forward – this new phase offers great family homes and pioneering design, which is exactly what Cambridge needs as it continues to grow in the years ahead. Providing more new homes will help to ensure that local families and those who work in our growing science sector are able to live close to the centre of Cambridge. 

“He added: ‘The new homes at the site will be highly sustainable and offer great living spaces, thanks to the excellent design team working on the project. We are now starting to see the foundations of a new community take shape at North West Cambridge and we are keen to get started on this latest stage of the development.’

“Construction is due to start on the new homes next year.”

Source
AJ article
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Building Design Knight’s Park

ABA’s Veteran Oak Quarter scheme at the North West Cambridge Development was published in Building Design, after the scheme was awarded with planning permission.

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ABA’s Veteran Oak Quarter scheme at the North West Cambridge Development was published in Building Design, after the scheme was awarded with planning permission.

“Architects join host of others working on Cambridge housing

“Alison Brooks and Pollard Thomas Edwards (PTE) have won planning for housing at the £1 billion North West Cambridge development.

“The first phase of market housing at the Cambridge University-promoted urban extension will provide 240 new homes set along streets and around public spaces.

“The scheme, to be built by Hill, includes apartments, townhouses and detached family homes and is designed to be a sustainable urban neighbourhood.

“They will have “generous” front halls and ceiling heights, plus large living areas and spaces for home working. The homes will be designed to level 5 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.

“The North West Cambridge Development is the largest single capital project the university has undertaken in its 800-year history. Outline planning was granted in February 2013 for the 150ha site between Huntingdon Road, Madingley Road and the M11. The masterplan includes 3,000 homes.

“Other architects working on it include Stanton Williams, Cottrell & Vermeulen, the AOC, Proctor & Matthews and Sarah Wigglesworth.

“The university’s vice-chancellor, Leszek Borysiewicz, said: “[The] North West Cambridge Development will contribute to the long-term success of the city and the university.” 

“Construction of the new homes is expected to start in the new year.”

Source
BD article
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Wall Street Journal

ABA’s Newhall Be was featured in a Wall Street Journal article entitled What the Future of Working at Home May Look Like: Innovative designs find new ways to combine living and work spaces.

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ABA’s Newhall Be was featured in a Wall Street Journal article entitled What the Future of Working at Home May Look Like: Innovative designs find new ways to combine living and work spaces.

Newhall Be, designed by Alison Brooks Architects, not only creates a community of workhomes—it also gives the residents who want it an easy and effective way to put themselves before the public.

“Forty-three of the 84 units in Newhall Be, which is part of a larger development in Harlow, Essex, in the U.K., include a ground-floor room that can be used as a workspace. A prominent feature of the rooms is a large window that faces onto the street. This lets people in the development engage with the neighborhood and, if they want to, make their home-based work visible to those outside.”

Source
Article
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Newhall featured in Wall Street Journal Newhall Be

ABA’s Newhall Be has featured in a Wall Street Journal article entitled What the Future of Working at Home May Look Like: Innovative designs find new ways to combine living and work spaces.

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ABA’s Newhall Be has featured in a Wall Street Journal article entitled What the Future of Working at Home May Look Like: Innovative designs find new ways to combine living and work spaces.

Newhall Be, designed by Alison Brooks Architects, not only creates a community of workhomes—it also gives the residents who want it an easy and effective way to put themselves before the public.

“Forty-three of the 84 units in Newhall Be, which is part of a larger development in Harlow, Essex, in the U.K., include a ground-floor room that can be used as a workspace. A prominent feature of the rooms is a large window that faces onto the street. This lets people in the development engage with the neighborhood and, if they want to, make their home-based work visible to those outside.”

Source
Wall Street Journal article
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NLA Breakfast Talk: New Ideas for Housing: The Modern Mansion Block Unity Place Ely Court Kilburn Quarter

Fri, 11/20/15 , 8:00
NLA, The Building Centre
NLA, The Building Centre (map)

Alison Brooks gave a talk at New London Architecture about ABA’s reinvention of the mansion block typology in the regeneration of South Kilburn Estate.

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Alison Brooks gave a talk at New London Architecture about ABA’s reinvention of the mansion block typology in the regeneration of South Kilburn Estate.

What should the home of the future look like in a densely populated capital? This NLA breakfast talk will examine the historic London mansion block and how far this typology can be reinvented to create new higher-density homes that people aspire to live in.

Speakers: Claire Bennie, Rosemarie MacQueen (Consultant), Alex Lifschutz (Director, LDS) Stuart Corbyn (Chairman, Get Living London), Richard Lavington (Founding Director, Maccreanor Lavington) Alison Brooks (Creative Director, Alison Brooks Architects), Peter Murray (Chairman, New London Architecture)

Fri, 11.20.15 , 8:00
NLA, The Building Centre
NLA, The Building Centre
When
Where
NLA, The Building Centre (map)
Website
www.newlondonarchitecture.org
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Glulam erected at Cohen Quad Exeter College Cohen Quad

Glue laminated timber (glulam) framing at ABA’s Exeter College Cohen Quad has been erected, manifesting the volume of the theatre.

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Glue laminated timber (glulam) framing at ABA’s Exeter College Cohen Quad has been erected, manifesting the volume of the theatre.

This framing will be exposed on the interior. One part of the structure is hung from the other via metal plates which span a rooflight, hidden from audiences.

Photography: Fran Monks

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Exhibition: At Home

Mon, 11/16/15
Idea Exchange, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
Idea Exchange, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada (map)

ABA’s work features in an exhibition at the Idea Exchange, titled At Home.

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ABA’s work features in an exhibition at the Idea Exchange, titled At Home.

Where we live and how we live deeply affects us. Basic shelter is a necessity but beyond this we need space that is liveable and durable, sustainable and resilient. At Home explores purpose designed and built individual and multi-unit buildings in urban and rural settings. The exhibition showcases outstanding architecture that has been awarded for its design in withstanding natural disasters as well as green and energy efficient urban and off the grid homes. New approaches to shared, co-op and live/work space are also highlighted in At Home.

Participating firms: Alison Brooks Architects (London, UK), Artscape (Toronto, ON), SUSTAINABLE.TO Architecture + Building (Toronto, ON), Teeple Architect Inc. (Toronto, ON), Ian MacDonald Architect Inc. (Toronto, ON).

Exhibition Curator: Esther E. Shipman

Mon, 11.16.15
Idea Exchange, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
Idea Exchange, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
When
Where
Idea Exchange, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada (map)
Source
ideaexchange.org
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NLA Project Showcase Ely Court Kilburn Quarter

Two of ABA’s projects within the South Kilburn Estate Regeneration Masterplan have been featured in New London Architecture’s new publication, Project Showcase: New Ideas for Housing.

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Two of ABA’s projects within the South Kilburn Estate Regeneration Masterplan have been featured in New London Architecture’s new publication, Project Showcase: New Ideas for Housing.

NLA selected “the best new housing developments currently taking place across the capital… These schemes show how different tenures are accommodated across the city, and how some are breaking into new typologies and management structures to harness London’s needs.

 

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NLA Project Showcase: New Ideas for Housing Ely Court Kilburn Quarter

Two of ABA’s projects within the South Kilburn Estate Regeneration Masterplan have been featured in New London Architecture’s book, showcasing new ideas for housing in London.

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Two of ABA’s projects within the South Kilburn Estate Regeneration Masterplan have been featured in New London Architecture’s book, showcasing new ideas for housing in London.

NLA selected “the best new housing developments currently taking place across the capital… These schemes show how different tenures are accommodated across the city, and how some are breaking into new typologies and management structures to harness London’s needs.

Publisher
New London Architecture
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Bath Riverside commended at British Home Awards

ABA’s mixed use scheme, located on the banks of the River Avon in Bath, has been Commended at the Sunday Times British Homes Awards, in the category of Development of the Year.

ABA’s mixed use scheme, located on the banks of the River Avon in Bath, has been Commended at the Sunday Times British Homes Awards, in the category of Development of the Year.

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Talk: The Future of Facades Lens House

Wed, 11/11/15 , 18:00
RIBA London
RIBA London (map)

Alison Brooks will present an evening lecture about Lens House, in association with Dupont Corian, who supplied the building’s groundbreaking cladding, which had never before been used as a facade material in the UK.

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Alison Brooks will present an evening lecture about Lens House, in association with Dupont Corian, who supplied the building’s groundbreaking cladding, which had never before been used as a facade material in the UK.

Wed, 11.11.15 , 18:00
RIBA London
RIBA London
When
Where
RIBA London (map)
Website
buildinginnovations.dupont.com
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Exhibition: NLA – New Ideas for Housing Ely Court Kilburn Quarter

Thu, 10/15/15
The Building Centre
The Building Centre (map)

ABA are participating in New London Architecture’s New Housing Ideas exhibition, showing South Kilburn Estate Regeneration Phase 1a & Phase 2a.

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ABA are participating in New London Architecture’s New Housing Ideas exhibition, showing South Kilburn Estate Regeneration Phase 1a & Phase 2a.

Thu, 10.15.15
The Building Centre
The Building Centre
When
Where
The Building Centre (map)
Website
newlondonarchitecture.org
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South Kilburn construction video Kilburn Quarter

This video of South Kilburn Estate Regeneration: Phase 2a documents the transformation of the site from two 1970s towers into mansion blocks, re-establishing Kilburn Park Road as one of the Borough’’s grand tree-lined avenues.

This video of South Kilburn Estate Regeneration: Phase 2a documents the transformation of the site from two 1970s towers into mansion blocks, re-establishing Kilburn Park Road as one of the Borough’’s grand tree-lined avenues.

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Exeter College on site Exeter College Cohen Quad

Roof framing is being installed at Exeter College: Cohen Quad, Oxford, revealing the building’s roofline for the first time.

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Roof framing is being installed at Exeter College: Cohen Quad, Oxford, revealing the building’s roofline for the first time.

The project will form Exeter College’s Third Quadrangle in the heart of Oxford. The new building will combine undergraduate and graduate living accommodation for 100 students, a lecture hall, teaching rooms, social learning spaces and study facilities.

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Talk: Crafting Experience – A New Collegiate Architecture

Wed, 09/23/15 , 18:30
Natuzzi Italia
Natuzzi Italia (map)

Interni are presenting a series of events with leading voices in international architecture at Italian design flagship stores in London, in collaboration with ITA Italian Trade Agency and Salone del Mobile Milano. Alison Brooks gave a talk about ABA’s Cohen Quad at Exeter College, Oxford, which is currently under construction.

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Interni are presenting a series of events with leading voices in international architecture at Italian design flagship stores in London, in collaboration with ITA Italian Trade Agency and Salone del Mobile Milano. Alison Brooks gave a talk about ABA’s Cohen Quad at Exeter College, Oxford, which is currently under construction.

Other speakers in the series include David Chipperfield of David Chipperfield Architects, Anthony Hudson of Hudson Architects, Lyndon Neri of Neri & Hu, and Clark Pickett of NBBJ.

Wed, 09.23.15 , 18:30
Natuzzi Italia
Natuzzi Italia
When
Where
Natuzzi Italia (map)
Website
www.eventbrite.co.uk
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Exhibition: Urbanistas travels to Newcastle

Thu, 09/17/15
The Core, Newcastle
The Core, Newcastle (map)

Urbanistas is an exhibition celebrating innovative practice; in particular the vision and skills of six leading women practitioners working pro-actively in UK cities, in the fields of architecture, urban and landscape design and planning, reinventing how we design our urban environment and housing models to create beautiful, coherent, integrated and resilient cities.

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Urbanistas is an exhibition celebrating innovative practice; in particular the vision and skills of six leading women practitioners working pro-actively in UK cities, in the fields of architecture, urban and landscape design and planning, reinventing how we design our urban environment and housing models to create beautiful, coherent, integrated and resilient cities.

Alison Brooks. Alessandra Cianchetta. Irena Bauman. Johanna Gibbons. Liza Fior. Katherine Clarke.

Urbanistas exhibition was comissioned by Roca Gallery London, curated by Lucy Bullivant, and brought to Newcastle by Igloo Regeneration, The Core, Creative Space Management and Northern Architecture. Supported by RIBA North East.

Thu, 09.17.15
The Core, Newcastle
The Core, Newcastle
When
Where
The Core, Newcastle (map)
Website
northernarchitecture.com
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South Kilburn top out Kilburn Quarter

Construction has reached roof level at the East Block of South Kilburn Estate Regeneration Phase 2A.

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Construction has reached roof level at the East Block of South Kilburn Estate Regeneration Phase 2A.

ABA’s South Block, within a 229 unit scheme designed by Alison Brooks Architects and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, is being delivered by Network Housing Group and United House as part of the London Borough of Brent’s South Kilburn Regeneration Programme.

 

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Alison Brooks on Koolhaas’s Checkpoint Charlie

In the first of a new series in the Architects’ Journal looking at influential housing plans, Alison Brooks wrote about OMA’s proposals for Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin.

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In the first of a new series in the Architects’ Journal looking at influential housing plans, Alison Brooks wrote about OMA’s proposals for Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin.

Source
AJ article
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World Architectural Festival – Pre-Election Breakfast Talk

A panel of experts including Alison Brooks, Deyan Sudjic, Simon Jenkins, and Paul Morrell have urged the next government to make the UK’s housing shortage its top priority.

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A panel of experts including Alison Brooks, Deyan Sudjic, Simon Jenkins, and Paul Morrell have urged the next government to make the UK’s housing shortage its top priority.

‘Housing is the crisis of our time’, said Stirling Prize-winning architect Brooks at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) pre-election breakfast event last week.

When
Website
www.architectsjournal.co.uk
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Debate: Architecture Club – ‘How Do We Make Enough Housing?’

Thu, 03/19/15
Shoreditch House
Shoreditch House

The subject of the debate was “How do we make enough housing?” and focussed on the issues of the delivery of housing to respond to the ever-growing needs of the capital and the nation as a whole.

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The subject of the debate was “How do we make enough housing?” and focussed on the issues of the delivery of housing to respond to the ever-growing needs of the capital and the nation as a whole.

The debate reinforced the need for the housing to be provided across the full spectrum of housing needs including private for sale and to rent, and affordable and intermediate. Alison Brooks addressed the issue from the architectural point of view, and explained the need for a broad vision in relation to the master plan and layout of new estates, and also emphasised the degree to which detailed design could reinforce the flexibility achievable in new homes where space was at a premium.

Thu, 03.19.15
Shoreditch House
Shoreditch House
When
Where
Shoreditch House
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Talk: Urbanistas – Women in Urban Design

Thu, 04/30/15
Roca London
Roca London

This event examined how a ‘soft planning’ approach works, giving attention to ecology, climate, landscaping and lighting, beyond permanent, ‘hard’ design; and also explore the process of valuing and building on history and the existing conditions of a community.

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This event examined how a ‘soft planning’ approach works, giving attention to ecology, climate, landscaping and lighting, beyond permanent, ‘hard’ design; and also explore the process of valuing and building on history and the existing conditions of a community.

Exhibitors Alison Brooks, Alessandra Cianchetta and Liza Fior discuss with exhibition curator Lucy Bullivant.

Thu, 04.30.15
Roca London
Roca London
When
Where
Roca London
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Juror & Keynote Speaker: AIA UK Design Awards

Sun, 06/28/15
Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London
Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London

Alison Brooks gave the keynote speech at the awards ceremony, and conferred certificates and accolades upon well-known architects, emerging architects and students alike.

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Alison Brooks gave the keynote speech at the awards ceremony, and conferred certificates and accolades upon well-known architects, emerging architects and students alike.

This year’s jury was headed by Fred Manson, Associate Director of Heatherwick Studio, and included a versatile mix of members including Brett Steele, Director of AA School of Architecture and Owen Pritchard, Technical Editor of Architects’ Journal. Mr Manson.

Sun, 06.28.15
Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London
Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London
When
Where
Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London
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Expert Juror: NLA International Ideas Competition ‘New Ideas for Housing’

New London Architecture (NLA), in partnership with the Mayor of London, have launched an international competition to tackle the ongoing demands of London’s housing shortage.

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New London Architecture (NLA), in partnership with the Mayor of London, have launched an international competition to tackle the ongoing demands of London’s housing shortage.

New Ideas for Housing London will provide opportunities for anyone, whether a large organisation or just one person with a big idea, to submit a proposal free of charge that could help shape the future of the capital. Winning entrants will work with the Greater London Authority to see how their ideas could be put into practice to revolutionise the London housing market.

When
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Architects’ Journal

In the first of a new series looking at influential housing plans, Alison Brooks picked OMA’s proposals for Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin.

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In the first of a new series looking at influential housing plans, Alison Brooks picked OMA’s proposals for Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin.

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Architectural Review Accordia Sky Villas

ABA’s Accordia ABA01 Sky Villas were used as a case study of the semi-detached house typology – “England’s modern domestic type par excellence“.

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ABA’s Accordia ABA01 Sky Villas were used as a case study of the semi-detached house typology – “England’s modern domestic type par excellence“.

Publisher
EMAP Publishing
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Event: Architecture Foundation film feature

Tue, 07/21/15 , 18:30
Royal Academy, London
Royal Academy, London (map)

ABA’s Wildspace Warehouse features in a film about Rainham produced by the Architecture Foundation.

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ABA’s Wildspace Warehouse features in a film about Rainham produced by the Architecture Foundation.

This evening event offers an opportunity to hear from architects who have been working in Rainham within the context of a strategy to improve the town’s public infrastructure.

Delivered by the Greater London Authority and the London Borough of Havering over the past decade, the new work ranges in scale from landscape proposals by architects including East and What if: projects, to the remodeling of existing buildings by Civic Architects and Alison Brooks, and a new library, nursery and housing project designed by Maccreanor Lavington which formalizes a square outside Rainham station.

This evening event will feature the screening of a film about Rainham produced by the Architecture Foundation.

Tue, 07.21.15 , 18:30
Royal Academy, London
Royal Academy, London
When
Where
Royal Academy, London (map)
Website
www.architecturefoundation.org.uk
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Architects’ Journal Wildspace Warehouse

ABA’s Wildspace Warehouse was featured in a special issue of the Architects’ Journal, documenting the ‘Co-ordinated Transformation’ of Rainham.

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ABA’s Wildspace Warehouse was featured in a special issue of the Architects’ Journal, documenting the ‘Co-ordinated Transformation’ of Rainham.

Publisher
EMAP
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Exemplary Housing Estate Regeneration in Europe

This showcase of contemporary housing estate regeneration projects features ABA’s South Kilburn Estate Regeneration: Phase 1A. It comes at a time when housing has become a central issue in British politics and is in need of the kind of clear thinking embodied in the book’s content.

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This showcase of contemporary housing estate regeneration projects features ABA’s South Kilburn Estate Regeneration: Phase 1A. It comes at a time when housing has become a central issue in British politics and is in need of the kind of clear thinking embodied in the book’s content.

Publisher
EMAP
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Cambridge Architecture Severn Place

“Alison Brooks Architects’ development at Severn Place highlights the value of detailed planning guidance for discrete areas.”

“Alison Brooks Architects’ development at Severn Place highlights the value of detailed planning guidance for discrete areas.”

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Architects’ Journal Severn Place

ABA’s Severn Place 11,150m² mixed use scheme was featured in the Architects’ Journal upon submission of planning documents.

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ABA’s Severn Place 11,150m² mixed use scheme was featured in the Architects’ Journal upon submission of planning documents.

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The Guardian Kitchen Stool

“Brooks and De Pass’s design has an elegant silhouette and a curved indentation in the seat.”

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“Brooks and De Pass’s design has an elegant silhouette and a curved indentation in the seat.”

Alison Brooks’s collaboration with Felix De Pass Homes was featured in an article entitled: ‘Big names and fresh talent creating ‘wish list’ designs in wood’.

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Exeter College: The First 700 Years Exeter College Cohen Quad

“The challenge was radically to revitalise the Ruskin College site. The victors were Alison Brooks Architects, fresh from winning the Stirling Prize for architecture for a housing project in Cambridge, who impressed the judges with a bold proposal to build two new quadrangles with great patterned curved roofs inspired by the rich colours of the Victorian Chapel.”

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“The challenge was radically to revitalise the Ruskin College site. The victors were Alison Brooks Architects, fresh from winning the Stirling Prize for architecture for a housing project in Cambridge, who impressed the judges with a bold proposal to build two new quadrangles with great patterned curved roofs inspired by the rich colours of the Victorian Chapel.”

“The Walton Street Site has been re-imagined as a ‘third quadrangle’ for Exeter, a college which has never had more than two presentable quads (as the inhabitants of Hell Quad in the 18th century would testify, and the users of the ‘Fourth Quad’ in the mid-20th century would concur). In terms of reshaping and expanding the physical space of the College, this will be the biggest step since [George Gilbert] Scott.”

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